Technology Integration

In today’s rapidly changing world of technology, it is essential for the teacher librarian as well as the classroom teacher to prepare today’s students to become responsible digital citizens as well as skilled digital citizens. A variety of tools exists to help teachers and students take their work to the next level and become more skilled users of technology.

Here are some excellent videos of teachers successfully integrating technology.

  1. Poetry Podcast: Grades 3-5; Language Arts; https://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/project/poetry-podcast/     This video shows a teacher and her students creating poetry podcasts.  The teacher describes the process from planning to production.  Students used their own original illustrations and poems to produce the podcasts using iMovie.   I chose this video  because it the lesson can be adapted by any discipline or grade.  Having been a literature teacher and hopefully a future librarian, I can certainly see using a lesson plan in either setting.
  2.  Contextualizing Vocabulary: Grades K-2; Science; https://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/project/contextualizing-vocabulary/  This video shows students making a PowerPoint about an endangered animal then using Windows Movie Maker to record themselves talking about their animal using vocabulary words in context.  The students participate in the entire process thus giving them ownership of their work. I liked this video because the students film themselves and edit themselves. This lesson plan could be adapted for various subjects and grades.
  3. Tech Literacy: Making it Relevant through Content Learning; Grades: K-12; Technology and any Discipline.  https://www.edutopia.org/practice/tech-literacy-making-it-relevant-through-content-learning . This video show a technology teacher teaching students how to use various apps and how the technology is relevant to various content areas.  The school where the teacher works has adopted the SAMR method of integrating technology: “Substitution: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change Augmentation: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement. Modification: Technology allows for significant task redesign. Redefinition: Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.” I like this method because it focuses on integrating technology in stages.
  4. Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy: Grades 6-12; Technology and all Disciplines; https://www.edutopia.org/nichole-pinkard-digital-literacy-video; I love, love, love this video.  This video focuses on Chicago’s Digital Youth Network.  The founder discusses the project with a local library and how the partnership and curriculum have enabled youth to not only become digitally literate but to become experts– hence allowing them to become mentors and even earn money doing what they love in various areas of technology.
  5. Constance Steinkuehler on Interest Driven Learning; Grades k-12; Technology and all Disciplines; https://www.edutopia.org/constance-steinkuehler-interest-driven-learning-video; Steinkuehler researches game-based learning and how game based-learning can improve literacy and other areas.  She discusses a project she worked on with teenage boys to improve literacy– the program was interest based and combined reading and gaming.  Great improvements were made with the participants.  I really enjoyed this video and the insight it gave me into game-based and interest-based learning for literacy.

Here are a few tools worth examining and incorporating. These tools were found at edudemic.com
1. http://www.livebinders.com/
– Your 3-ring binder for the web
•Collect your resources
•Organize them
2. http://www.voki.com
Voki is a FREE service that lets you:
Create customized avatars.
Add voice to your Voki avatars.
Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.

3. http://www.wordle.com
Wordle is a tool for creating “word clouds” from text that you provide. You can print them out or save them.
Example: worldeexample

4. http://goanimate4schools.com/public_index
This is an awesome tool for students and teachers that allows you to create click and drag animated videos.
5. http://en.linoit.com/
Wow! What a concept! Create your own sticky note board to share with others. This can be used in small groups, classrooms, schools and even districts. Check out this example of how this Linoit is being used:

In addition to these tools I have provided, there is a great website with tech tips that you should take a look at: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/.

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