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Engaging Students with Technology

A presentation for shifting our school district's educational outlook towards the success of 21st century learners using technology.
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Lisa Congo

on 28 May 2010

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Transcript of Engaging Students with Technology

Preparing our students to be 21st century learners DID YOU KNOW?
interactive websites can be used for engaging students in learning by giving the teacher and the students tools to research,review,contribute,collaborate, experiment,etc.. All by using the internet, which is free and available in our schools today. Websites available FREE on the internet, but are usually/always blocked in our schools

*Google(account access) for sites,docs, and much more: allows you to type, research and share information on the web. Create content area search engines, class sites to share and add information daily, Makes other educational sites available that other educators have created.

*Wikis: (spaces for educators) Education wikis are being used to allow students to digitally add information on a particular subject to the web.Students are able to research topics,verify the information, and post it onto wikipedia. Every teacher could benefit be creating a class wiki space and having their students access it.

* ePals:A Global platform for learning online. A free, safe and protected solution for linking classes, schools, and school districts globally.Excellent for collaborative learning projects.

*You tube, Teacher tube, School tube: For the visual learners, this is an endless supply of video resources at the click of a button. From how to video's, subject area tutorials, to professional development insight.

*Skype, eyejot, googletalk: Live, interactive ways to hold videoconferencing allowing two or more people to connect in real time with both video and audio using the internet and webcam. Many uses for the classroom, plus the added bonus of use of a telephone in our room, which would benefit in emergency situations as well. Think about combining ePals with skype for global classroom collaboration projects. The possibilities are endless.

*Blogs: A collection of writings posted on the web. Teachers and administrators can post information and original writing onto the web, in which other teachers and administrators can read and respond to. This is very beneficial for sharing ideas, advise, and achievments. The Fear:
Students will use these sights for the wrong purpose, send inappropriate messages, or look up inappropriate sites
The Reality:
Students will actually learn more about internet safety and how to use the internet in a more responsible way. Most of our students do not know how to use technology in this way,for them it is just a tool for getting music, using my space, and instant messaging. Using it for research, class collaboration, and learning on a daily basis will shift there way of life and prepare them for a better future in the age of technology, making them more job ready. Just like any other discpline issue in school, there will be consequenses for those who abuse privileges. Teachers will have to discuss the rules, as they always do. The students need to learn that what they put onto the web can possibly stay on the web. They need to be taught that the internet can have bad outcomes if used inappropriately.
Shouldn't they learn this BEFORE they are out in the workforce? Engaged Students:
When was the last time your students got to add information to a lesson and teach this information to their classmates?

Teacher facilitated technology projects can give the students initiative to be the leaders in their learning. They take ownership in their learning, which makes it more meaningful and authentic.
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