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Project Based Learning and Technology EME2040

By: Veronica Prager, Kristen Peluso, Gregory Mills and Cheryl Heidinger

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Transcript of Project Based Learning and Technology EME2040

Project-Based Learning and Technology
Teacher Planning for Integration
Technology can be a wonderful tool to help in many aspects of teaching including project based learning. It allows students access to a variety of different avenues with which they can research, prepare, preform and present their work. This in turn helps them reinforce and better retain knowledge.
The Big Picture
Planning Assignments
Legal, Social and Ethical Issues
Teachers' Technology Literacy
Technology Literacy is important for teachers. If teachers don't know how to use the technology that is available, they cannot incorporate it into their lesson plans and students miss out on learning opportunities. Teachers can become technology literate by doing things like:
By: Veronica Prager, Kristen Peluso, Gregory Mills and Cheryl Heidinger
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There are several things which affect student learning:
Learning Styles
Forms of Intelligence
Language Proficiency
ESE Needs
Learning Styles
There are four learning styles which teacher's must address:
Forms of Intelligence
Language Proficiencies
ESE Needs
Technologies and Media Used
Utilizing Technology
Verbal Linguistic
Identifying the Learning Disability.
Knowing the signs to recognize a disability.
Adapting the classroom assignment to help the student with the disability without them becoming embarrassed.
Provide Assistance Technology to help aid in communication and completion of work.



- Visual/graphic learners learn from use of
maps, graphs and diagrams.
- Learners learn from hearing information.
- Learners learn from displayed
words such as manuals, reports
and essays.
- Learners learn best through
hands-on experiences like
demonstrations and
Project based learning can incorporate many of the technologies used in the classroom while doing the project and when presenting results.
Computers and software can help reinforce material learned in class and allow students to do research on their projects alone or in small groups.
SMART Boards are interactive boards
that have a wide range of uses. They help visualize lessons and allow students to interact with the boards reaching more learning styles.
Instruments like Doc Cams can be used to introduce a topic to the class and to give instructions on how the projects will be done. They can also be used by students to present diagrams or charts during their presentations.
Items such as learning tablets and iPads can be used to plan projects out beforehand.
The internet is a wonderful
tool which allows students to do a
multitude of things like learn about a
topic through research, run a simulation
to test a theory or collaborate on a
group project with classmates
without having to find a way
to meet in person.
Assistive technology such as automated wheelchairs and Eye Gaze tablets/desktops allow students with physical disabilities to communicate and have better mobility.
Technology such as colored key/ high contrast keyboards, Pen Scanners and Braille Sense Onhand assist students with visual disabilities.
Assistive Technology
Assistive technology helps students with special needs be able to participate more easily and communicate more effectively with classmates and teachers.
There are many Assistive Technology devices available depending on the need of the student.
Integration of Technology
Planning assignments with the knowledge of what type of technology that will be used.
Utilizing Technology
Utilizing technology consists of being able to integrate technology into the lesson plan, while also considering all the different learning types that need accommodation.
Copyright and fair use
Acceptable Use
Software Piracy
Copyright protects intellectual properties from use or redistribution without the copyright holders permission.
A teacher, however, can use copyrighted materials according to fair use guidelines.
The responsibility of students using technology in the correct manner lies with the teacher. In most cases school districts have acceptable guidelines and policies that parents and students have to sign off on. Many schools have filtering software to keep students off of inappropriate websites; nevertheless teachers should monitor students’ use of the internet in class.
Freedom of Speech
Academic Honesty
Using technology in the classroom also means teachers must protect the privacy of their students. Information such as pictures, personal information, and intellectual property of or about minors can not be shared without the permission of parents.
Digital Divide
Students and teachers need to be aware of piracy issues as well. Piracy involves the illicit copy or installation of software on more than one computer. Students and teachers should not copy software for the use of installation on other computers. All software should be purchased before installed, meaning a separate copy of the hardware should be purchased for each computer on which it will be installed, unless the school has a site license.
Acceptable Use
Software Piracy
Freedom of Speech
Since there is no regulation on the internet any person is free to post whatever they would like. This can becomes an issue for children in the classroom because there is inappropriate information out there. To ensure that this does not become an issue teachers’ need to monitor their students’ use of the internet.
Academic Honesty
Plagiarism can be a difficult concept to understand for many students, and the wealth of information on the internet often leads to incidental and accidental plagiarism. In order to combat this, websites that compare student work against preexisting materials, such as www.turnitin.com, exist to combat plagiarism from the internet.
Digital Divide
Not everyone has access to technology at home. Students come from families with different ethnicity, socioeconomic standing, and values. Teachers can use technology in the classroom to overcome this divide by planning lessons that incorporate computers, visits to the library, and other technological means.
Copyright and Fair Use
Engaging to Students
Promotes Exploration and critical thinking
Cater to different learning styles
Boost self-esteem
Student self evaluating
Engaging to Students
Alter Physical Environment
Alter Presentation of lesson
Alter Testing/Evaluation Procedures
Provide Organizational Assistance
NETS for Computer Science Educators
This group of educators is responsible for creating and designing technology, not just using it. Therefore, standards are in place to assist in evaluating their skills and knowledge and ensure they are up to date.

Assist in developing lesson plans that involve the use of real world computing to engage, assess and teach safe and effective use of the computer.

Promotes knowledge to enhance lifelong learning.
NETS for Teachers
Teachers are responsible for assisting students in technology and must be proficient in demonstration and application.

Technology assists teachers in bringing knowledge to the classroom based on today’s high standards.

Enhance productivity and professional development.

Provides resources to assist in communication with peers, parents, and the community.
NETS for Students
Today’s students need more skills with technology than ever before.

Students learn and demonstrate how technology enhances learning, creativity, research, communication and problem solving throughout all grade levels.

Different grade levels have different areas of performance to achieve.
Its In the Cloud
With technologies developing at such a quick rate, it is important that students, teachers and administrators keep up.
As with any subject, we need standards to teach and learn.
Bard Williams’ book “We're Getting Wired, We're Going Mobile” explores and evaluates recent advances and prevailing approaches inside the classroom, and provides a glimpse into the new technologies that will affect how students learn and educators teach in the near future, and the importance of following a core standard.
National Educational Technology Standards
NETS for Administrators
Allow access, time and resources to their staff to ensure they are up to date with current technology, digital tools and are able to integrate these into the classroom.

Advocate for funding on all levels to support technology-based programs and education for educators and students alike.

Set up policies for legal and ethical use of digital information.
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) are standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to assist in leading, learning and teaching in today’s digital age.

These standards are recognized worldwide.
Find out students' prior knowledge of content
To make it easier for the students to understand use non-verbal clues such as: pictures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, objects, and cooperative learning activities
Utilize students' experiences and cultural knowledge
Use group work and buddy pairing for students' to use their language skills
Use various instructional materials and classroom activities
Use Technology
Technology for Language Proficiency
Attending courses that teach how to use new technology.
Asking for help from teachers who already know how to use the technology.
Viewing tutorials and reading guides to familiarize themselves with the technology.
Hearing aids, closed captions and sign language are tools used by the hearing impaired.
Assistive technologies like Augmentative Communication Devices are used with students who have certain mental disabilities or are delayed communicators. The buttons are interchangeable to allow different options for answers and to ask for things or help.
Educational Software
Application Software
Group Projects on a computer
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