Sally Shackelford • 2nd grade teacher with Hoover City Schools. • Teaches at Trace Crossings Elementary (18 years). • EdS in Technology in Education from Lesley University. • Passionate about technology and integrating technology in the curriculum.
What is a Digital Native? Digital Natives are those who grew up with digital technology from birth, whereas Digital Immigrants are those who were already socialized in predigital ways when digital technology arrived on the scene. Prensky(2001).
Digital Immigrants "A big part of our education problems stem directly from the fact that Digital Immigrants - who comprise most of our teachers - are not very fluent in the language that Digital Natives speak."- Marc Prensky
Current and Emerging Technologyin Elementary Education • Emerging Technology is defined as a media that is coming into view or coming into existence. • It is an innovative technology that is reshaping the nature of education. • Technologies are transforming classrooms into more engaging, collaborative and productive learning environments. • Instructions can be customized to student’s specific needs, interests and learning styles. • Technology is redefining the way educators teach as well as the role they serve – from being the sole source of information to being a guide, facilitator and coach in the learning process. • Be the “Guide on the Side” and not the “Sage on the Stage.”
“Do not waste teaching time with technology; enhance teaching with technology!”Amanda Stone, Tech Specialist for HCS • Some examples of emerging and current technologies are: • Wikis • Blogs • Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, Edmoto) • Podcasts • Digital Storytelling • Document Projectors • WiFi, Skype • Interactive Smart Boards • Clickers • iPads, iTouches, iPods, Cell Phones • QR Codes • Virtual Worlds, Vokis • Wix Flash Websites " Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Ben Franklin
Learning Spaces • Whether physical or virtual, they can have an impact on learning. • Learning Spaces are locations where learning happens. • The ideal study space: comfortable furniture in a quiet corner with natural light and a strong WiFi signal.
What in the World is a Wiki? • A collaborative Web that allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content. • Students can build personalized, global learning networks. • Students can connect with talented people around the world and participate in collaborative learning. • Students can get real-time feedback on projects. • Students don’t have to stop learning when they leave your classroom. • Teachers can create free wikis at: http://www.wikispaces.com • Wikipedia is the largest wiki in the world! • http://sshackelford.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/ • http://apps.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/ • http://digitalstorytelling.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/ Wikis can make the difference between “learning with technology” and “teaching with technology.”
Podcasts! A podcast is a recording of your voice. Audacity (free download) is an easy way to make the recording and import it to iTunes or to your wiki. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Four Steps to an Easy Podcast: • 1. Plan • 2. Record • 3. Edit • 4. Publish
Collaborate and Communicate With Social Networks! Teach students how to use social networking sites safely. • Virtual worlds:http://www.moshimonsters.com • For kids between the ages of 7-12 . Built-in safety features. • Twitter:http://twitter.com/ • Excellent place for new teachers to connect, collaborate, and share ideas with educators around the world. • Allows students to connect, collaborate and share ideas, too. • Edmodo:http://www.edmodo.com/ • Facebook for students. • Allows students to connect in a safe, controlled network. • PLN:Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) to share curriculum, learn, unfamiliar school policies, and classroom management with new teammates.
More Collaboration and Communication.... • Wixwww.wix.com • Free Flash Website Builder • 1000’s of free templates. • Websites for kids in 3 easy steps…. • 1. Choose your design… • 2. Customize. • 3. Publish. • http://sshackelford.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/Our+Webpages • Glogsterhttp://www.glogster.com • A social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or glogs. The glog is short for graphical blog. • Free • FlatClassroom:Vicki Davis, a teacher at Westwood School in Camilla, GA, started FlatClassroom to give her students skills that she knows they’ll need when they graduate: technology, communication, and global awareness. The project uses a wiki to collaborate with other schools around the world on research projects and publish their findings online. • http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/
iPads and iTouches: Making learning mobile! • iPADs-- The iPAD is a WiFI/ 3G computer that is based on the iPhone/ iPod Touch operating system. • iPads and iTouches can be used as note-taking devices; e-readers; web browsers; to send email. • iPads and iTouches increase a child’s ability to concentrate and peak their interest. • Both can be used as student work stations or group collaboration devices. • Top 200 Educational APPS: http://www.appannie.com/top/ipad/united-states/education/?has_in_app_purchases=0 • http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/
QR Codes • Quick Response (QR) Codes • Use QR Codes to provide mobile learningopportunites. • For examples of how to use them in educational settings, go to: http://cybraryman.com/qrcodes.html • Download free Code Scanning APPS (i-nigma, Mobiletag, QR Reader, Paperlinks, etc. ) (
Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitally.- Leslie Rule, Center for Digital Storytelling • Digital storytelling uses tools of the computer, handhelds, and Internet, to create multi-media mixes of images and voice.
Fotobabble, Blabberize, and Voki Have students record songs, stories, or poems and record them (FREE) with Fotobabble, Blabberize, or Vokis. • Fotobabble is a talking photo. http://www.fotobabble.com • Blabberizeallows you to create your own talking picture with a moving mouth. http://blabberize.com • Vokilets users express themselves on the web by using a personalized character (avatar) to talk for them or by using their own voice. Use Vokison your blog, wiki, profile, and in email messages. http://www.voki.com
Wonderful Word Cloud Tools:Wordle and Tagxedo Wordle Links Wordle Sample • http://www.slideshare.net/boazchoi/fortyfive-interesting-ways-to-use-wordle-in-the-classroom
Tagxedohttp://www.tagxedo.com/ TagxedoMother’s Day Project TagxedoSample
Zooburst ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool where your students can create their own customized 3D pop-up books. These can be embedded on your class webpage. http://alpha.zooburst.com/index.php
Storybirdhttp://storybird.com/ Storybirdis a web site that uses collaborative storytelling to connect kids and families. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be watched on screen or shared through a worldwide library. Links to wiki examples • http://sshackelford.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/Our+Storybirds • http://nsherman.wiki.hoover.k12.al.us/Sherman%27s+Storybird
Story Jumper http://www.storyjumper.com/ Story Jumper is a website that allows kids to build their own books. They can easily create cover pages, add text, upload drawings or photos to illustrate their story, and can use the Story Jumper clipart gallery, too. When finished, they can order their own professionally published hardback book!
Story Jumper Story Starter Worksheet Your students can use this worksheet to organize their story. Then create their story on Story Jumper.
Kidblog • http://kidblog.org/home.php • A blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal that is frequently updated. • Kidblog.org is built by teachers, for teachers, so students can get the most out of the blogging process. • Kidblog meets the need for a safe and simple blogging platform suitable for elementary and middle school students. Most importantly, Kidblog allows teachers to monitor and control all publishing activity within the classroom blogging community. • Comment privacy settings block unsolicited comments from outside sources. • Kidblog does not collect any personal information from teachers or students. • http://kidblog.org/MrsShackelfordsShiningStars/ • http://kidblog.org/mrsshackelfordssuperstars/
20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have By Laura Turner 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have By Laura Turner (Digital Learning Environments) • 1. Google Tools Knowledge • 2. Google Earth Knowledge • 3. Wiki Knowledge • 4. Blogging Knowledge • 5. Spreadsheets Skills • 6. Database Skills • 7. Social Bookmarking Knowledge • 8. Social Networking Knowledge • 9. Web Resources in content area • 10. Web Searching skills • 11. Web2.0 Tools • 12. Interactive White Board skills (SmartBoard and Promethean) • 13. Website design and management skills • 14. Presentation Tools • 15. IM knowledge • 16. Video and Podcasting • 17. RSS feeds • 18. Mobile and Handheld Computing • 19. Virtual Worlds • 20. Collaboration & Communication Tools
“Oh, the places you’ll go!” “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”-Listen and learn. Read, engage, subscribe to blogs, join Twitter, Edmodo for the classroom, collaborate, and learn from your peers and mentors! Keep learning!