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  1. Technology Tools Youth Are Using Today Jeanne Wiebke Iowa State University Extension jwiebke@iastate.edu Presented at 2009 CYFAR Conference, Baltimore MD

  2. Overview • Focus on upper elementary & middle school • School & home educational software • Play with a couple technologies • View some school technologies • Subjects: Literacy, Music, Math, etc.

  3. TeenBiz3000 - School program • Literacy (and more) program used at schools nationwide • TeenBiz focused on grades 6-8 • KidBiz for grades 2-5 • Pricing is based on # of students & E-Rate discount for free & reduced lunch program • More information at www.achieve3000.com

  4. TeenBiz3000 Highlights • Teacher sets up accounts for students • Kids login & take initial assessment for grade level reading • Teacher compares online assessment with school data and assigns reading level for TeenBiz3000 • TeenBiz3000 sends email to students daily

  5. Using TeenBiz3000 Select Mailbox

  6. TeenBiz3000 Mailbox Today’s Article is shown (as well as any previous articles that you haven’t read)

  7. TeenBiz3000 Article • Individual article: • Read article • Activity • Thought Question • Poll • Math exercise • Print • Map • Many “News Departments” to choose from

  8. TeenBiz3000 – Article level • Dictionary list • Bottom of article • can read or listen • Related Links Area

  9. TeenBiz3000 Activities

  10. TeenBiz3000 Activities

  11. TeenBiz3000 Results Screen Results for 1st try go to teacher

  12. TeenBiz3000 Activities - Poll

  13. TeenBiz3000 Activities - Math

  14. TeenBiz3000 Activities – Thought Question

  15. TeenBiz3000 - Search Feature

  16. TeenBiz3000 - Summary • Change from “just reading a book” • Current events • Levels can be assigned • Related Articles are “cool” • Other options • Stock - Read about companies and “invest” • Games & contests

  17. Surveys with Google Docs • Kids create surveys in Google Docs • Various ways for survey to be completed • Results into Google spreadsheet • Spreadsheet downloaded to Excel • Charts and analysis from Excel file

  18. Creating a Google Form • Go to www.google.com • Select more ▼

  19. Hands-On Learning with Google Docs

  20. Pro’s Easy way to create a survey Enter results or embed in blog or website for automated entry Chart results “It’s cool!” Con’s Each child needs Google account Once account is established – other areas are also available (unsupervised). Google Docs Apps for Kids

  21. Smart Music • Online music program used by schools • Allows students to see missed notes & tempo • Allows recording and playback • Thousands of songs for individual instruments • $30 year (plus onetime microphone) • Download software

  22. Smart Music

  23. Smart Music – Find Music

  24. Smart Music - demo

  25. Impove Yr Tpying • FreeTypingGame.net • Use to improve typing skills • Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced levels • Select level & row on the keyboard • Free and Fun! • Let’s go to www.freetypinggame.net

  26. Math (Home & School) • WiSWeb.com - http://www.fi.uu.nl/wisweb/en/ • Monster Math (elementary) http://solarindustrial.com/Classroom/games/monster_math.htm • A+ Math http://www.aplusmath.com/ • Coolmath4kids.com & Coolmath.com • Zoo or Roller Coaster Tycoon • Commercial (~$20 each) • Teaches money management • Ages (rated E for everyone)

  27. Other programs • Arty the Part-time Astronaut http://www.artyastro.com/ • Architecture – www.architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/home.html • GPS • Google Earth

  28. Other sites (not so technical) • National Hurricane Center (tracking charts) http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/tracking_charts.shtml • TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators)http://las.pfeg.noaa.gov/TOPP/TOPP_tracks180.html?species=4&zone=10 or http://www.topp.org/ • www.eschoolnews.com (for educators)

  29. Digital Equipment Microscope Binoculars Video & movie makers (iMovie or Windows Movie Maker)

  30. After School/Summer programs Lego League (Mindstorms) Destination Imagination Odyssey of the Mind 4-H Afterschool Programs Summer programs through school & camps