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Technology in the Primary Classroom

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Jess Nicholson

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Technology in the Primary Classroom
Digital Cameras & Document Cameras
Internet Resources for Teachers
(and students!)
a teacher who feels
in the world of
If so........
to be
Benefits of SMART Boards for students
•Interactive and great for demonstrations
•Brings subject area to "life" and creates reality in classroom
•Potential to meet diverse learning styles
•Allows student interaction with medium (manipulate concepts of lesson)
Increased motivation and interaction at multiple grade levels
•Actively captures attention and engages/encourages participation

Benefits of SMART Boards for Teachers
•teacher is engaged in lesson as well
•can model interest in lesson (evidence of life-long learner)
•facilitates instant access to many resources via internet
•lessons can be planned with more creativity & imagination
•teaching difficult concepts becomes easier & more visual
•pages can be automatically saved, printed, emailed or pasted to a website
•various modes of communicating lesson/concept (ex. flip-charts)
•software comes with ready made layouts (user-friendly)

•Layouts can be easily found on the internet & modified to fit lesson appropriately (time saver)
SMART Board Resources for Teachers
Laptops In The Classroom
Student Benefit of Laptops
Laptops Resources
The Infamous "SMART" Board
Table of Contents
Who said What?
Problem of Practice
What is this Technology we Speak of?
Why Bother?
SMART Boards
Laptops and Mini-laptops
iTechnology (iPads, iPods, iPhones)
Digital Cameras and Document Cameras
Online Applications
OCT Professional Advice
Final Considerations
Why Bother?
Incorporating technology into the primary classroom can have profound benefits on student learning. Technology can help teachers in meeting the needs of all learners, as well as provide a means for students to express their individual abilities. We use and rely on technology on a daily basis, so why not utilize this to reach each and every student? In the words of Bill Gates, "We can't withhold access to the tools students will use in the workplace and for lifelong learning." The possibilities are practically endless when you incorporate technology into the classroom, and allow you to connect with the world and provide your students with invaluable knowledge, tools, and skills for educational success. The use of technology in the primary classroom can have many positive impacts on students and their learning - But how?..........continue on to find out........
(Source: Mowbray, Lee; Preston, Chris. (June 2008). Use of SMART Boards for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Kindergarten Science. Teaching Science, 54, (2), 50-53.)
SMART Boards are a brand of interactive whiteboard
Displays images from a computer on a giant touch screen
Vary in sizes and can be fixed to a wall or mobile
Computer can be controlled from screen with a finger or with incorporated pens
Allows teachers and students to perform a variety of functions (ex. watch videos, move icons, save data)
Integrating LAPTOPS In The Classroom
SMART Board Resources for Students
Smartboard Favourites for ESL Students

Elementary Interactive Smartboard Sites

Primary Smartboard Resources (Interactive)

Interactive Science Activities

Interactive Math Activities

Interactive Literacy Activities (stories)

Interactive Music Activities
Downloads for SMART Notebook software. Here is where you start.
Link to all SMART Board lessons posted on SMART Technology. Excellent resource to begin using lessons. You can tweak to your needs.
SMART Technology Training Sheets for PC
SMART Technology Training Sheets for Mac
Lee’s Summit School District Resources
Everyday Math Resources from Center School District
Excellent resource for all content areas and grades in curriculum
They said it best.....
"We're changing the world with technology"-Bill Gates

"The science of today is the technology of tomorrow"-Edward Teller

"It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame"-Marshall McLuhan
Problem of Practice
How can technology be seamlessly integrated into the primary classroom to maximize impact on student learning and minimize implementation issues for educators?
Technology in the Classroom
Online Applications
Laptops/Mini Laptops
SMART Boards
Digital Cameras
Document Cameras
Implementation Ideas for SMART Boards
Graphic Organizers:
Large and colourful visuals often help students with information processing, retention and organization, make meaningful connections, and develop excellent study skills.
Pictures and Videos:

Pictures or videos shown on the SMART Board also provide an excellent visual experience for learners. A picture or video could be used as a writing prompt, to promote student inferencing, and drawing conclusions.
Internet Navigation:
Great resource for teaching primary students how to navigate the internet. Desktop is projected on large screen for all students to see each step. This could help with basic computer "login" skills as well.
Math Station:
Small groups could work on independent, practical math strategies (ex. sorting shapes) already taught while the teacher works with other groups requiring assistance/guidance.
Interactive Websites:
SMART Board or Internet can be used as a station during center time for students to explore interactive websites, listen to an e-book with headphones, or play a game. Teachers can also take whole class on "virtual" field trips.

Erase and Reveal:
Students can decipher answers that may be hidden, or "next steps" on the SMART Board and can interact with the board to reveal the correct answer. This promotes higher level thinking and may be beneficial for step-by-step instructions. (ex. First........Then.......Next.......)
Further Considerations........
SMART Board technology can be expensive to install, maintain, and train the appropriate personnel to service equipment.
Requires technical support personnel for software updates, regular maintenance, repairs, and troubleshooting.
Teachers should select activities that engage multiple children at once to maximize student attention for longer periods of time.
The SMART Board alone does not enhance learning, it is how the tool is utilized in the classroom.
New innovations such as this should be used to enhance existing teaching practices and avoid complete replacement.
SMART Boards should be used to extend practical experiences but not replace "hands-on" learning in the classroom.
- YouTube is a website that hosts millions of videos
- videos can be used as an entire lesson, used to compliment a lesson, used to create a review or introduction to topics, used as an assessment tool
- advantages: increases student interest in lessons and concepts & integrates technology in the classroom
- disadvantages & solutions: privacy issue when posting videos (change privacy settings) & inappropriate suggested videos and ads (create playlist or embed video into Smart Notebook file)
- possible uses:
- fun DPA (Kids Zumba)
- primary science & health (Magic School Bus)
- create review videos for students to use at home to review difficult or new concepts
- have students create & post videos as assessment tool and have other students provide feedback (assessment as learning)
- a website designed to make your own comics
- teachers can create a classroom and an assignment where each of their students can submit their comics to the teacher
- students follow an easy step-by-step process to create their comic including choosing from a variety of scenes, creating their own characters, manipulating their characters' positions to fit the comic, and including speech
- advantages: increased student interest in assessment, comic created completely online (can be done at home), integrate technology and internet resources in classroom
- disadvantages & solutions : a bit advanced for the lower primary grades (good for gr. 2s & 3s)
- possible uses:
- create an alternate ending to a story read in class
- create history comic depicting an important event in the past
- a website used to create "word clouds" from text
- students copy words or text onto the wordle website to create a customizable "word cloud"
- advantages: shows students which words appear most often in the text & students can change the layout and colours to emphasize certain words
- disadvantages & solutions: student needs to type the text into the box (try to use an online version of the text if possible or scan the text into the computer)
- possible uses:
- assessment tool for read aloud where students create a "word cloud" to emphasize the most important themes or topics in the story (can have them do a write up to go along with it)
- can be linked to art curriculum with colour, balance, creativity, etc. (cross-curricular assessment tool)
Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
Raz Kids
- website where students can go to and complete guided reading assignments/assessments without the constant assistance of the teacher
- teacher can enter each student and their reading level into the website to create appropriately-leveled assignments
- each book includes reading quizzes to gauge comprehension
- website keeps track of student progress
- advantages: increases students' reading time, increases teacher's time to help other students, increases student interest in language, rewards students for progress, shows student progress, assesses comprehension, accessible at home for extra practice, integrates technology in the classroom
- disadvantages & solutions: student could ask friend to help them creating a skewed assessment (monitor students)
- possible uses:
- extra reading practice
- help reading a difficult story
- used as a centre
Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Digital cameras can be used in the classroom to:
increase student engagement;
provide opportunities for hands-on learning;
encourage active exploration;
develop investigation skills;
develop observation skills;
capture classroom activities; and,
create personalized writing or art prompts.

Possible uses of digital cameras are endless!
Benefits of Digital Cameras
Student Benefits:
Both visual and hands-on learners benefit from actively using both the camera itself and editing applications
It is highly engaging and fun!
Anyone can be successful
Implementation Ideas
Cameras can still be expensive
Students must be taught proper care and handling to avoid damage to the equipment
A computer and printer are required to edit and use images taken by students
Privacy issues should be taken into consideration when storing and using digital images of students or student work
Teacher Benefits:
Extremely flexible
Possible uses are limitless and can be used to address cross-curricular expectations/learning goals
Very little to no preparation required
Few special/technical skills required to set-up and use

Document Cameras in the Classroom
What is a document camera?

A visual presentation tool
Allows real-time projection of any image, object or activity

Benefits of Document Cameras
Visual learners benefit from seeing small items, text and demonstrations enlarged
Hands-on learners benefit from actively using the document camera
Extremely flexible
Possible uses are limitless
Very little to no preparation required
Few special/technical skills required to set-up and use
Project any item without scanning or creating transparencies
Ability to project 3-D items
Ability to “time capture” images of student work or classroom activities. Images can be saved as exemplars, to create digital portfolios, use in newsletters, send home to parents, etc.
Does not have to be connected to a computer (but can be to utilize scanning/“time capture” functions)
Increases student engagement/allows interactive lessons
Students see exactly what you see
Decreased copying expense (e.g. project quizzes and assignments rather than providing individual copies)
Implementation Ideas
Sharing pictures and/or text during read alouds
Sharing exemplars or student work samples
Identifying and correcting common errors in student work
Modeling think alouds during reading and/or writing
Brainstorming (use a regular piece of paper instead of using chart-paper or the whiteboard)
Examining text features for any text on hand
Show and tell
Demonstrating science experiments
Zoom in on small items to show details
Easy demonstration of math manipulatives
Timer projected to assist with time management
Visual schedule projected during transition times
Sharing any image (e.g. maps, photographs, student worksheets, etc.)
(Source: http://fltechshare.pbworks.com/f/NJAET_Outline_SMARTBoard.pdf)
Photo credit: http://www.elmo.co.jp/doc-cam/case/testimonial/000051.html
Benefits of Document Cameras
Source: http://www.edtechnetwork.com/document_cameras.html
Source: http://www.edtechnetwork.com/document_cameras.html
Certain models can be quite expensive
The document camera must be connected to a projector
Space is needed for the extra equipment
Possible Disadvantages & Further Considerations
(Source: Mowbray, Lee; Preston, Chris. (June 2008). Use of SMART Boards for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Kindergarten Science. Teaching Science, 54, (2), 50-53.)
The use of laptops in the primary
classroom can have a positive impact
on students learning.
The possibilities teachers, students and parents have with laptops is virtually endless, and the walls of the classroom expand to include the entire world.
- Students can be provided with customized programs and softwares that are best suited for their needs and abilities.

- Some studies have indicated that students' tests scores have been improved through the use of laptops.

- Students can work through materials at their own pace, or work can be saved and revisited at a more convenient time for the student/teacher.

- The diverse needs and abilities of all students can be met with tailored programs to help them reach their highest potential (e.g. Dragon).

- Students are accustomed to a computer-based culture of learning and entertainment, so it can be a seamless transition to utilize laptops for educational purposes.

- Teachers can monitor, adjust and assign tasks on laptops
- Limits use of paper resources with online-based programs
- Teachers can now present educational material by the click of a mouse
- Laptops are an effective communication tool for teachers, students, as well as parents
- Access to educational material is now available beyond regular classroom hours
- Access to educational resources is quick and readily available for anyone
Teacher Benefit of Laptops
Online Resources, Tips and Support for Laptop Use in the Classroom...
- http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.ca/2013/04/6-reasons-why-you-should-use-6-laptops.html

- http://classroom.synonym.com/benefits-laptops-school-2552.html

- http://www.ehow.com/list_6363760_advantages-laptops-classroom.html

- http://assistivetech.sf.k12.sd.us/elementary.htm

Photo credit: http://www.edb.utexas.edu/education/centers/ltc/news/2010/digidlc/
Resources for Teachers
Sample Lessons

Source: http://www.edtechnetwork.com/document_cameras.html
Photo credit: http://www.thelaketoday.com/news/2013/feb/06/smart-document-camera-transforms-classroom-present/
Final Considerations
Source: http://tech4urcontent.org/thought-process-for-integrating-technology-into-the-classroom/
Before implementing any new tool into your classroom, it is important to consider if the benefits are worth the time invested - both for you and your students. Technology is a powerful tool that can significantly enrich student learning and teacher efficiency!
Resources for Teachers
100 Ways to Use Digital Cameras:

Class Photo Albums:

Ideas for Using the Digital Camera in the Primary Classroom:

Using the Digital Camera in the Primary Classroom:
Photo credit: http://www.crayola.com/ece-lesson-plans/class-photo-albums-lesson-plan/
Photo credit: http://www.camerabatterydepot.com/blog/2011/07/cameras-for-kids-make-for-great-back-to-school-gift/
Source: http://www.wacona.com/digicam/digicam.html#Why Use
The Sky is the limit! But a few ideas might include:
Classroom scrapbook, photo album or newspaper
Photographer for a Day
Photography scavenger hunts
Take pictures of the "Student of the Week"
Create digital portfolios of student work
Document growth/changes over time to classroom plants, pets...or even students!
Capture observations during science experiments
Document events/activities and use them to prompt discussions, writing activities or art activities
iPads, iPhones, and iPods are all part of one brand's solution to the limitless potential of portable computer technology.

user-friendly interface
intuitive controls
provides immediate feedback
tens of thousands of educational apps
compatible with digital copies of ministry approved textbooks
filled with software for note-taking, making presentations, and reading support.
easy connectivity to networks, the internet, and presentation media through wired or wireless technology
built-in camera and video editing software
designed in a way that makes sense to our students allowing them to be the experts on the technology

many students have their own so they view them as toys not educational tools
classroom management becomes a focus as students are no longer bound to their desks

Use iTechnology to:
Show your students videos, lessons, and other information on the big screen.
Manage your classroom and dispersion of learners with helpful apps.
Assess your students' performance (there's an app for that too!)
Interact with your students and other schools through conferences.
Access your lessons from the cloud anywhere you have a wireless connection.
Make instructional videos and send them to YouTube so your students can access them at any time.
Find resources and books to share as a class.

and best of all...



iTechnology Resources for Teachers
Tips For Teachers To Easily Integrate Laptops Into Their Classrooms...
- Teachers should allow themselves, and students time to become familiar with new laptops, programs or softwares

- Teachers should use clear, step-by-step instructions for primary students to easily navigate laptops and the programs

- Follow a gradual process, don't do too much at once - gradually introduce yourself or students to programs or instructions

- There are endless support resources for classroom technology, don't be afraid to contact them
iTechnology "inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool — on a device that students really want to use." -Apple computers
iTechnology can:
replace textbooks
replace notebooks
produce apps for interactive lessons and centres
allow students to record and share their work
eliminate the need for computer labs
and most importantly...
...fun to use.
Ipads for Education:
learn alongside your students.
Possible Disadvantages &
Further Considerations
To read the complete document please visit:

Professional Advisory (OCT)
Electronic communication and social media can be effective when used cautiously and professionally. They serve a range of purposes, from helping students and parents/guardians access assignments and resources related to classroom studies to connecting with classrooms in other communities and countries.

Members also use the Internet and social networking sites as instructional tools and for professional development, seeking information on lesson plans, new developments and methodologies.

However, the most popular social media applications were not created specifically for educational purposes and their use can expose members to risk when it comes to maintaining professionalism. It is up to members to know and respect proper professional boundaries with students, even when students initiate electronic interaction.
"Electronic communication and social media can be effective when used cautiously and professionally. They serve a range of purposes, from helping students and parents/guardians access assignments and resources related to classroom studies to connecting with classrooms in other communities and countries.
Members also use the Internet and social networking sites as instructional tools and for professional development, seeking information on lesson plans, new developments and methodologies.
"However, the most popular social media applications were not created specifically for educational purposes and their use can expose members to risk when it comes to maintaining professionalism. It is up to members to know and respect proper professional boundaries with students, even when students initiate electronic interaction."
"Now these would certainly enhance the overall "SMART" Board experience, wouldn't you agree?"
(Source: Sheppard, R. (Nov 02). March of the laptops. Maclean's, 111, 86. Retrieved from https://www.lib.uwo.ca/cgibin/ezpauthn.cgi/docview/218468954?accountid=15115)
Bradley Blucher, Erin Lundberg, Heather Coutts, Jess Nicholson, and Nathan Sage
Use Wisely
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