Technology In Your Class


Technology In Your Class

“Internet Enrichment” Janie L. Eldred, 6th Grade Teacher

“In our study of Asia, I had a brainstorm that has worked beautifully to improve communication between my students and me. I simply wrote my home e-mail address on the board and told students if they had any questions about our classes, needed information, or just wanted to chat, they could e-mail me and I would reply quickly. On the 1st night, I had 2 students, on the 2nd night 2 students, and on the 3rd night 5 students. I reply with the information they requested but also with a positive compliment about something they are doing in class. Then if I have time I also send an e-card. The students and I love it, and we are forging good relationships with each other. Furthermore, most of the students ask for websites where they can research further on their assignments.”

“Using TalaPhoto for Web-based Electronic Portfolios” Peter Spicer-Wensley, LT Coordinator

“I used TalaPhoto free cross-platform software from Talasoft to create electronic portfolios from a series of digital photos. It is extremely easy to use to generate a web-based electronic portfolio and is a great tool. Recommended. Two big thumbs up!”

Portfolio Assessment Brendan, 7th Grade Teacher: Boulder, Colorado

“Use technology to create portfolios of students’ work. Teach your students how to create a web page where they can display their works, be it writing products, drawings, projects that they completed, etc. Teach them to use various technology equipment like scanners, digital photo capture, etc. so that they can include all mediums in their portfolios. If they create a web page, they can work on their portfolios from home and you can visit their site and monitor work as it progresses. Students have fun doing it and you have a way to assess their work in progress.”

Presentation Software John, High School Teacher: Hudson, NY

“Get rid of the overhead projector and start using presentation software that will enhance your lectures. You can prepare your lectures on either “Microsoft PowerPoint” or “Corel Presentations.” It is so easy to learn how to create slide presentations that you’ll wonder why you might have waited so long! Once you get the hang of it, you can add graphics, sound, video, and so much more. Your lectures will never be the same. The students prefer this method so much more than a straight lecture. It is great for visual learners and it also presents information in a much more appealing way. It is also a great way to file information that is so much easier to retrieve than going through those paper files of the past! It’s so much eGetting A Job Ice Breakers easier to manage your lecture material.”

“Assessment” Charlotte Cross, A.R.T.S. (arts, reading, technology, and skills) Coordinator

I always give the students a super short quiz the second they come into class. Students may test in pairs at home or school. They just need to be reminded that they are responsible for all the work we are doing.

Word Processing Emily, Elementary Grade Teacher: Provincetown, MA

“Word processing is a great tool to encourage children to write. There are applications that also allow children to illustrate, or add graphics to stories. Programs make it easy to spell check and grammar check (although it is necessary to still teach these skills). Word processing also develops keyboarding skills, a standard skill now needed by everyone. Kids can work together on writing projects and produce work that they can always easily revise or add to throughout the school year. I use desktop publishing with my students to publish their own stories, books, reports, newsletters, and newspapers. As a result, my students love to engage in writing activities.”

Electronic Grade Books Dina, 5th Grade Teacher: Queens, NY

“Electronic grade books are definitely the way to go into the future of teaching. These types of grade books can be used to store many types of student data, including project grades, test grades, quarter averages, and final grades. You can also include daily attendance, discipline reports, daily updates, or assignments. I use “Thinkwave” which allows me to post grades and information on the Internet and allows me to access information on my students from home, or wherever I am that has Internet access. This application also allows the parents of my students to access the progress up-to-date that is posted for them to have. It has improved my grade management tremendously; I can’t imagine doing it any other way!”

PowerPoint! Amy Cahill, 7th/8th grade: St. Mary Magdalene

“Instead of giving my students a huge test over the planets as we finish the unit, I put them in groups and they had to pick a planet and do a PowerPoint presentation on the planet. I used a rubric I found here at Technology and graded it while they present it. Works great! My grading time is virtually cut down by 75%. The kids love it and feel they learn more than they would have with a test. Projects work- especially in May!”

Brain puzzles to inspire the class! Adrianne Sheron, Teacher

“I have been using a puzzle site called “Wognum Brainwaves” as a great way to get my students going! It works equally well as a starter or to round up a lesson! It seems to work with all ages – not to mention my fellow teachers! ???? ”

Testing Programs Tim, Middle School Teacher: Montreal, Canada

“There are a lot of “test development” programs out there that can make your life as a teacher easier. I use “Educatabase” which was originally developed by a teacher for teachers…it creates tests and administers them if you want. You have the ability to print tests as well as answer sheets, administer tests on the computer, and randomize test items with different versions. Other software applications that are available include MicroTest III (I think there is a newer version), or Linx Test Factory. The money invested, if you have it available, is worth it. You’ll create and administer better tests.”

Computer Reading Ben Glaus, Grade 5 ESL Teacher

“In response to the question of how to find a computer program that would help students reach their goals in reading, we use the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. It’s easy to use, the kids love it, they read books like crazy, and are compensated for their efforts. We give them “AR dollars” equivalent to the points they earned on tests that can be used at our weekly “AR Store”. We have pencils, pens, books, folders, paper, backpacks, games, and all sorts of things. They love it, and they love to read and try it!! ”

“AR: Accelerated Reader” Louise Haines, Floyd M. Jewett Elementary

“I also use Accelerated Reader. This is my 4th year and it gets better all the time. I schedule 60 minutes of reading per day, 50 of it independent. The students must earn 80-100% on the comprehension test of the book they read, to earn a ticket. On Friday, I roll a dice and draw that number of tickets from the TOPS jar. I teach second grade and before Christmas break, I had four SUPER readers and four INDEPENDENT readers. When we reach those certification goals, students call their parents from the classroom. If they can’t be reached at home, we call them at work! Parents don’t mind. Matter of fact, we haven’t had to make any behavior calls because we are too busy reading and making positive phone calls!”

E-flashcards And Quizzes James Garritson, 7th Grade History Teacher

“Many teachers still use archaic paper flashcards that are small and deteriorate over time. Instead, use PowerPoint or Presentation software to create electronic flashcards. I write the definitions of vocabulary words as individual slides. I then do daily reviews with all of my students by changing the slide. Teachers can quickly change the order of slides using the thumbnail view. Reviewing takes mere minutes of class time daily. And teachers can check to see if students are studying for the test or quiz. As an added idea, teachers can give the quiz electronically. I copy the definitions, add numbers to the definitions, and then give students a blank piece of paper for a quiz. Set the flashcards to automatically change after 25 seconds (this seems to be a very fair amount of time from my experience). Teachers should place a little sound effect to notify students that the slide has changed. This method eliminates the need for quiz copies and gives students too much or too little time for a quiz.”

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