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Technology Tools Portfolio

This presentation highlights 9 useful technological tools that can be used to enhance your teaching experience! There are examples and media that explains clearly what each tool can accomplish in your classroom. Enjoy!

Lauren Buckley

on 14 February 2013

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Lauren Buckley Technology Tools
Portfolio Resources:

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2009/05/blogging-in-and-out-of-the-classroom/ Tool 1: Blogger Tool 3: Podcasts What is it?

Timetoast is an online timeline creator that can be displayed publicly online through the internet.
Through publicly posting the timelines, others can utilize yours if they are relevant to their lesson. This goes for all educators and students.
The visual aspect of a timeline helps students visualize when events occurred.
Photographs can easily be added to enhance the presentation. Tool 4: Timetoast Tool 2: Twitter Uses:

Teachers can...

Begin an introductory wiki to present to their class about their feelings of the beginning school year. The teacher can also explain what they will cover in class throughout the year. As the year starts, students can add to the wiki, explaining what they may like or dislike about school and their goals for the school year. The teacher can revisit this site throughout the year and have students add to it!
Add resources and stories to a district-wide wiki about education. These resources will help fellow educators teach subjects and can be continually updated throughout the school year.

Students can...

Choose a specific animal to present about through their wiki. Each student will have something different to research. Their findings will be presented through the wiki, including video, photos, and statistics about what type of animal it is and how it survives. Tool 8: Wikispaces Uses:

Teachers can...
utilize the 3D features to find buildings or statues around the world that are covered in class. The Colosseum, Great Wall, and Washing Monument can be easily found at the click of a button. This allows students to see the area around features and understand more about the subject they are learning about in school.

Students can...
download a layer to see the affects of deforestation on our world. The time frame of deforestation feature shows how fast a plot of land can disappear.
travel to space to learn about the moon or Saturn. This layer present plenty of information, including history components and statistics. Tool 9: Google Earth Uses:

Teachers can...

Share successful lesson ideas with fellow teachers in their district through a word document. Communication can be constant and helpful if a teacher is stuck on how to teach a specific subject.

Students can...

Contribute to a document to explore poetry. The class can create this document to give tot heir parents at parent Teacher Conferences to show their hard work in the classroom. The poems can be about what they have learned about in school thus far.
Create a paper on a certain topic with a small group of classmates. Each classmate can work separately on it, using different computers, but can edit and add to their paper to create one complete product. Students can work at home or at school on the paper. Tool 7: Etherpad What is it?

Gliffy is a digital application that allows users to easily create organizers such as flow charts.
Gliffy is not free, but is not the most expensive application to use. Especially if you intend to use it frequently, it is definitely worth the purchase!
Students or educators can create organizers or floor plans to help make lessons easier to follow. Tool 5: Gliffy What is it?

Prezi is an online presentation tool, very similar to PowerPoint, but allows you to "fly" to various parts of the presentation in an engaging way.
You can zoom in or out to get to your next point.
Media files, various themes, and pictures can easily be added to your presentation. The possibilities are endless!
Through the search engine, it is easy to find presentations on a specific topic for your classroom. Tool 6: Prezi Traditional teaching has gone out the window. What students are engaged through explicit instruction in a lecture format? Through the use of technological tools in the education world, students are motivated and take charge of their learning.

This presentation will show just some of the "Keys to Success" when it comes to technology in the classroom. Enjoy! Keys to Success Green means go! Using these tools can enhance your students' classroom experience and make learning fun.

Why not just give it a go? Resources:

http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/60-ways-to-use-twitter-in-the-classroom-by-category/ Resources:

http://suite101.com/article/creative-ways-to-use-podcasts-in-the-classroom-a271334 Resources:

http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/classroom-calendar-for-2012 Resources:

http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/Gliffy Resources:

http://www.learnprezi.com/ Resources:

http://blog.teachernz.com/2009/03/01/etherpad/ Resources:

http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Classroom+Wikis Resources:

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=54477 What is it?

Blogger is a blogging website that allows people to create personal journals that can be used in various situations, including education.
It is connected through Google, so those with a gmail account can easily create a blog connected to their account, although you may create a blog if you do not have a Google account.
You can show your individuality through various skins, fonts, colors, and pictures throughout your page.
Easily share your blog through the URL! Uses:

Teachers can...
keep parents updated on resources, stories, and photos that relate directly to classroom learning.

Students can ...
take on a personality of someone from history and journal in their voice. They can be a current Presidential candidate discussing their feelings of their debate against their opponent or an immigrant telling their story of coming to America. Including pictures and quotes is a great way to utilize all of the blog's abilities.
work on collaborative writing and/or research projects with fellow classmates in their classroom or school. The research can be listed in their blog, along with the final product for their peers to view and comment on. Links and pictures will add to the appeal of the page. What is it?

Twitter is a microblogging website that allows members to write opinions and share links through a 140-character "tweet".
These small bits of information allow members to quickly read thoughts or news clips in real time.
Members can follow celebrities, news stations, or friends to catch their current thoughts as soon as they post them. Uses:

Teachers can...

relate important, precise information to their students and parents with things relating about homework, important dates, and resources.

Students can...

answer questions through a Tweet in the classroom. With the 140-character limit, students will have to really think about how they would want to respond to a specific question. Through the use of hashtags, students will be able to join the rest of the world community on that specific topic.
find important information or people in the world by searching a specific topic. If they want to learn more about Hurricane Katrina, they can search through Twitter using the hashtag "#hurricanekatrina" to see what was said about it. Links to videos and articles will be found throughout the Internet.
write short poems using the 140-character limit for their class. Through the publication of their poem, students will work hard with their word choice and feel proud of their product. Uses:

Teachers can...

create audio or video podcasts to teach students on specific topics. These podcasts can include video, pictures, music, and voices. Teachers can post these through their website to use when they have a substitute teacher or if a student is absent.

Students can...

create weekly video podcasts as a newsroom production to explain to parents what they have learned throughout the week. This will engage students to work hard on their script and voice, while parents will be kept in the loop with what is occurring in their child's classroom.
collaborate in groups to create an audio podcast explaining a topic they learned through song. For example, students can create a rap stating the multiples of 9, the water cycle, or even the most recent President of the United States. This includes plenty of creativity and fun in the classroom. What is it?

Podcasts are digital media files that come in audio or video formats.
These files can include music, videos, pictures, or voice recordings over any subject.
The contributor can create podcasts and post them on various websites or email them out to be downloaded.
Many websites have podcasts posted from members that can be searched through keywords or title names in case you want to see or hear podcasts about certain topics. Uses:

Teachers can...

introduce new topics, such as the Westward Expansion or Leonardo da Vinci, in an interesting way using quotes, pictures and audio.
create a presentation about themselves for their students at the beginning of the school year. Various themes, videos and pictures can show off individuality and creativity.

Students can...

search Prezi for shows on specific topics they are researching, such as dinosaurs, to see if any additional information can be found and used. What is it?

Etherpad is an online collaboration tool that allows multiple users to create, edit, and write together in real time using various computer accesses.
Many public websites have Etherpad available, including http://primarypad.com and http://sketchpad.com.
Writing documents can include color and can easily be exported into various formats, including Word Documents.
Various colors represent the different people who contribute to the document, which shows participation. What is it?

Wikispaces is an online tool that allows for multiple people to contribute to a web page about a certain subject.
Each page can incorporate video, photo and colors to appeal to the eye. This will allow for viewer to want to read what it has to say and learn from it!
Discussions and comments can allow for productive criticism about the wiki in case changes need to be made.
Wikis can be easily shared through a URL. What is it?

Google Earth is a virtual globe that allows the user to travel to various parts of the world as well as outer space.
Many features can be downloaded to add layers to each screen, including a history piece that shows what an area looked like years past.
New features are added all the time.
Google Earth can be viewed on various devices, including cell phones, iPads and computers. Uses:

Teachers can...

Create a classroom floor plan to organize furniture and desks in realistic places within the classroom. This helps also with desk assignments. Teachers can save their assignments to see where students sat in the past.
Create flow charts to show the process of answering an equation. By sharing this with students, they can view the flow chart if they become confused with homework at home.

Students can...

Utilize the Venn diagram aspect to show how various characters in a story are alike or different. This can also work with herbivores and carnivores. Students can type their content in the Venn diagram so it looks neat and organized. Uses:

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Show important dates through the school year on their classroom calendar and share the page on their website. Parents and students can keep track of assignments and special events at their school through the visual timeline.
Search by category to find timelines to show their students to relate to a topic they are learning about in class. This saves time in creating a timeline because someone has already done so!

Students can...

Keep track of events leading up to the Revolutionary War through a visual timeline. Videos and photos can help a student understand why the colonists revolted and wanted independence.
Present about a famous person through displaying a timeline. This will help keep the student on track throughout the presentation, but also allows the audience to see pictures of the person. Any person can be presented about, such as George Washington or Amelia Earheart.
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