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The “U” in Technology Skip Tyler estyler@henrico.k12.va.us Great Virginia Teach-In March 18, 2006 Presentation Objectives To make you aware of different types of technology that can be incorporated into your classroom.

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The “U” in Technology

Skip Tyler

estyler@henrico.k12.va.us

Great Virginia Teach-In

March 18, 2006


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Presentation Objectives

  • To make you aware of different types of technology that can be incorporated into your classroom.

  • To show you how technology can create a positive classroom environment that fosters curiosity, excitement, and student learning.


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Personal Information/Background

  • 15th year teaching

  • School Webmaster

  • Department Chair

  • HCPS & Region I TOY 2003-04

  • National Board Certified 2004

  • Adjunct Faculty at VCU

  • Staff Development Instructor


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What is your experience with student responders?

  • I have my own set

  • I have used them

  • I have seen them

  • Never heard of them


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Different Student Responders

  • Turning Point (32-pads $500+)http://www.turningtechnologies.com/

  • eInstruction (32-pads $2000) http://www.einstruction.com

  • Quizdom (32-pads $2000) http://www.qwizdom.com/


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Benefits of Student Responders

  • Engage all students – no fear of wrong answers, interactive game show, set up teams, fastest responder, high score, etc.

  • Assess – gives immediate data to analyze and direct my instruction

  • Achieve – students try harder, results can be saved and tracked


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Minimum Classroom Requirements

  • Teacher computer

  • Video Beam or television

  • What do you have? Based on this information, I’ll try to show different ways to incorporate technology in your classroom.


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How many computers are in your classroom?

  • None

  • Teacher computer only

  • 1-2 student computers

  • 3-5 student computers

  • 6+ students computers

  • 1-1 computer initiative



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Benefits of computer and beam

  • Only 1 computer is needed to display a presentation (PowerPoint, Internet, etc.) for a class

  • Improved classroom management (remote)

  • This is how I initially began using technology in a regular classroom (not computer lab)

  • Cost of video beam: $500-$1000



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Benefits of Web Page

  • Acts as my lesson plan book

  • Can be modified easily

  • Dynamic

  • Central location for notes, assignments, policies, contact info, etc.

  • Prevents excuses from students who are absent


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Different types of web pagesNo hosting required:

  • Free – http://www.Schoolnotes.com


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No hosting required:

  • $25/yr – http://www.Teacherweb.com


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No hosting required:

  • $49/yr – http://www.Quia.com


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Hosting required:

  • You can create your own page using software applications like:

    • Microsoft Office (Save As Web Page)

    • Mozilla (free download)

    • Dreamweaver (purchase)

  • Benefit: Files are on your computer for updating

  • View http://www.skiptyler.com


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How often do you incorporate any type of technology in your class?

  • Daily

  • 2-3 times a week

  • Once a week

  • Twice a month

  • Once a month

  • Never


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How often do you use the Internet in your classroom? class?

  • Daily

  • 2-3 times a week

  • Once a week

  • Twice a month

  • Once a month

  • Never


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Examples of Internet Usage class?

  • ExploreLearning

  • Virtual Manipulatives

  • Online Textbooks

  • HCPS eLearning

  • WebQuests

  • Videostreaming


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Technology for Assessments class?

  • In class: Student Responders

  • In class/Web Page: Exam View

  • Online: Quia, Edutest, Jefferson Lab SOL Review


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Additional Technologies class?

  • SmartBoard ($2000)

  • Interwrite Pad ($600)

  • Document Camera ($500+)

  • Scanner ($50)

  • Printer ($50+)

  • Digital Camera/Camcorder ($200-400)

  • MP3 Players ($150)

  • CD/DVD Burners ($200)


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Conclusion class?

  • When used effectively, technology can help to create a positive classroom environment that is dynamic, exciting, and entertaining.

  • Technology does not replace effective teachers…teachers use technology to make instruction more effective and improve classroom management, student participation, and student achievement.

  • Ask yourself - Does the technology complement or hinder instruction?


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Q & A Session class?

  • Where do you go from here?

  • What things can you incorporate into your classroom? Act now while motivated!

  • How do you go about getting these items? Library? Departmental request? Grant writing?


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Important information! class?

  • Email: estyler@henrico.k12.va.us

  • Web address: http://www.skiptyler.com

    Feel free to contact me with any questions! Thanks! 