Technology Integration Proposal

Posted February 7, 2010 by K
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Our assignment was to pick an audience (other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) and make a presentation in support of technology integration. I decided to personalize this as a proposal to integrate technology into the language arts curriculum at my school, via the creation of a new class.

I had a lot of fun, believe it or not, creating the actual slideshow – up until the point when I had to convert it into a Flash file. I had enormous amounts of trouble finding a convertor that did what I wanted, or that worked at all. SlideShare removed all animation, and I’d worked far too hard on great animation to stand for that. AuthorPoint LITE wouldn’t communicate with my PowerPoint software. Ultimately I used a trial download of PowerFlashPoint, which worked terrifically – it’s just too bad that it costs so much to buy the actual program. In fact, I liked PowerFlashPoint so much that I made three presentations for my juniors using it.

My presentation is published online here.

Relative Advantages: Secondary English

Posted February 6, 2010 by K
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My relative advantages chart for the high school English classroom is online.

Timeline of Educational Technology History

Posted February 2, 2010 by K
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I used Dipity – which was kind of a headache, incidentally – to create this timeline of some highlights in the history of educational technology.

I started to add all kinds of earlier technology – pencils, ballpoints, etc. – but ultimately didn’t….

Autobiographical Slideshow

Posted January 30, 2010 by K
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In case you didn’t get to know me well enough by reading the About Me section of this blog, take a look at this autobiographical slideshow that I made using Roxio Photoshow.

Educational Technology Enriches Expression, Exploration, and Engagement

Posted January 30, 2010 by K
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A Personal Statement Defending the Use of Technology in Schools

The appropriate and well-supported integration of  technology into classrooms is vital to enrich learning and increase student achievement. These tools and resources provide improved opportunities for students to create and express themselves and to explore their world to construct understanding. They also improve student engagement.

 Avenues for Expression

 Technology in the classroom offers an ever-widening variety of opportunities for students to express their thoughts. Web 2.0 publishing tools, such as blogs, message boards, and wikis provide students with a collaborative voice – sometimes for the first time, as with introverted students (Henderson, n.d.), second-language learners (Zeinstejer, 2009), and those with other special needs. New creative tools are unveiled every day, offering users of any age the opportunity to express themselves in new ways and for new audiences (Duffy & Bruns, 2006).

 Gateways for Exploration

Technology can provide students with access to a wealth of information. Databases, wikis, and specialized websites increasingly dominate information resources; a student with an internet connection and a curious mind can travel through space and time without any of the difficulties associated with planning field trips. By integrating educational technology into the classroom, teachers can harness students’ creativity and social behaviors for the purpose of learning (Duffy & Bruns, 2006). 

Tools for Engagement

If the traditional classroom is to continue to reach and serve young people, it must evolve along with the other elements of students’ lives. Students already use Web 2.0 tools to communicate, publish, collaborate, and play (Applegate & Gonzales, 2009). Adopting these tools for instruction helps keep education relevant and interesting to contemporary students. Classroom hardware, such as Clickers, have also been shown to increase engagement among students who might otherwise become detached from instruction (Briggs, 2008).

References

Applegate, Perri and Manuel Gonzales (2009). The Power of Web 2.0 [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://sde.state.ok.us/services/conference/Leadership/Sessions/52_Web2.0.ppt

Briggs, Linda L. (24 Sept. 2008). Using Classroom Clickers to Engage Every Student. Campus Technology. Retrieved from http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2008/09/Using-Classroom-Clickers-To-Engage-Every-Student.aspx

Duffy, Peter and Alex Bruns (2006). The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities. In Proceedings Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006. Retrieved from http://eprints.qut.edu.au/5398/1/5398.pdf 

Henderson, Lynne, et al. (No date). Shyness and Technology Use in High School Students. The Shyness Institute. Retrieved from http://www.shyness.com/documents/2000/shy-tech-adol.pdf

Zeinstejer, Rita (2009). Enhancing Lessons the Web 2.0 Way [PowerPoint slides]. Retreived from http://www.slideshare.net/RitaZ/enhancing-lessons-the-web-20-way-for-tesol-09

Launching…

Posted January 26, 2010 by K
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blogging

(c) andyp uk via Flickr

I’m required to keep a blog for my EDTECH 541 class. After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to launch a new blog rather than using my existing edublog. There’s nothing particularly “hot” on the other site, but I would still prefer to maintain my anonymity as an edublogger as long as possible – it just seems like the safest policy. Besides, I’m not sure how well the mandated blog topics for the course will fit into the “feel” of my existing edublog. This way, I can keep them separate until (and if) I want to combine them.

Besides – this means I get to set up a new blog! Always a good thing… 🙂