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Integrating Technology into the Core Curriculum

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Transcript of Integrating Technology into the Core Curriculum

Integrating Technology
Into The Core Curriculum

by Lisa Champion
And Amy O'Rear

Let's Get Started!
Where Do Our Schools Stand?
Great Resources for More Information
Must Have Apps!
Web-based Resources
A Little Bit of History
In a Flash
The Common Core Six
Research Says
Why is Technology So Important?
Shifting our educational
paradigms for
21st Century Learning
Technology in Alabama Public Schools Report
Create, Curate, and Collaborate
Ipads in the Classroom

This report summarizes data collected from surveys about the state of technology education in Alabama schools. The authors concluded three major findings.

1. Both teachers and administrators report that they are not receiving the necessary digital literacy skills to prepare students for 21st Century work.
2. Parents want teachers to use technology tools to improve home-school connection, student achievement, and organizational skills.
3. Schools are not keeping pace with current technology that will be required for success in the 21st Century.
IMPACT: Alabama Technology Plan 2007-2012
The IMPACT Plan takes Technology in Alabama Schools report and establishes 4 goals for the state. Those goals are basically:

1.Technology integration and mastery of state standards
2. Expanding opportunities through technology
3. Technology professional development
4. Technology infrastructure

The plan not only states the goals but includes objectives, indicators, how data will be collected to measure the implementation of goals. More importantly, strategies are included to help meet the goals. The plan is meant to make recommendations and provided guidelines to help the Alabama education system meet the needs of 21st Century learners. Technology plans written following these guidelines help support E-rated applications.
Yes Alabama, We have a plan!
A Great Resource is: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richarch Akverson
Visit these blog sites for discussions and insights:
Technology should be used to teach the Common Core Standards. We should not look for ways to make standards fit the technology.
The 6 Essential Strategies to successfully integrate the Common Core Standards:
1. Reading for Meaning- capture student interest, text complexity, evidence
2. Compare and Contrast-characteristics, meaningful text, classification
3. Inductive Learning-make inferences, draw conclusions, analyze data, inductive writing
4. Circle of Knowledge-oral communication, speaking and listening, collaboration
5. Write to Learn-meaningful, different types of texts, authentic audience
6. Vocabulary's CODE-connect, organize, deep-process, exercise
Keep the 6 Strategies in mind when looking at Web 2.0 sites. How can I use this technology to........
Silver, H.F, Dewing, R.T., & Perini, M. J. (2012). The Core six: Essential strategies for achieving excellence with the common core. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD
Keengwe, J., & Onchwari, G. (2009). Technology and early childhood education: A technology integration professional development model for practicing teachers. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(3), 209-218.

This article is about the need for professional development for teachers on how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum. Challenges to technology integration include teachers who are unable to make appropriate use of technology in their classrooms, anxiety, lack of interest, or lack of motivation. The teachers in this research viewed instruction and integration as two separate entities that were difficult to infuse. They were concerned with the amount of time they felt it would take to integrate technology. The teachers were willing to use basic technology such as Microsoft Word to help create their lessons, but were unwilling to incorporate technology into the lesson itself. The summer institute the teachers attended provided teachers will opportunities to experiment with technology tools to help them feel more comfortable incorporating the tools into their classroom.
This article showed the research behind teachers needing professional development opportunities to help them feel comfortable incorporating technology into their curriculum. Many teachers were willing to try to use technology, but weren't sure where to start. Others were resistant due to anxiety and fear about using technology. After the summer institute, the teachers were more comfortable in taking the technology back to their classrooms.
Professional Development is Key!
Create - the top of Bloom's Taxonomy
Curate-close reading by sifting through meaningful content
Collaborate-next to you and globally
Animoto- Takes pictures and turns them into videos

Fotobabble- Let's students add their own voice to photos they select. Can be uploaded or embedded into Edmodo or Blogs.
Glogster- A digital poster board. Allows you to create classes and make assignments.
Goanimate- Students create cartoon videos with two characters.
Prezi- a great alternative to PowerPoint and you can add Powerpoints to your Prezi
Keynote: $9.99

Keynote for iPad is almost as powerful as the desktop application. This is a powerful presentation tool that has animations, slide transition and all the features to make professional slides. It allows you to open templates with graphics already inserted. This is purposely built to work seemlessly on the iPad and to allow the user to incorporate other aspects of the iWork suite. Perfect addition to any homepage.
iAnnotate: $12.99

iAnnotate is a PDF reader and annotation tool for the iPad. It opens documents from emails, fills out forms, you can sign and send out contracts, enter notes for edits, sketch diagrams, copy text, and add highlights or underline with the drag of a finger. iAnnotate fully integrates its annotations directly into the PDF. This is a great tool for teachers to mark student’s work.
Dropbox: Free

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Teacher Pal: Free

TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of their students. Features include; simple tap attendance, grade books, enter grade with an intuitive touchpad, import, export data files from and to CSV files.
PowerPresenter: $1.99

PowerPresenter is an app that lets you display local PDFs, websites or even draw on the screen as a white board.
Through the Web, you can display not just HTML but PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, RTF files and iWork files. This all requires Internet connection, but if you know you do not have a connection save them as local files.
Evernote: FREE

Evernote allows you to capture information in any environment using any device, and makes everything accessible and searchable, from anywhere. Evernote is always synchronized, so any information added in one place is instantly available everywhere else. Use Evernote to capture your ideas, snapshots, voice memos, things you see online, and just about anything else that you want to remember. Evernote recently reached their 10 millionth user.
bubblus- Students can create their own graphic organizers. Easy to use and can be saved as a picture file.
Story Bird- Students create their own books by selecting style of illustrators. Create classes and assignments for free.
Tagxedo- create shapes out of words. Similar to Wordle but easier to save.
Sight Words by Photo Touch
: free app to practice and learn sight words by sight, sound, and touch
Read on Sigh
t: free sentence practice app, "the child hears the sentence, watches the words scatter, and then puts the words back into place."
: a library of over 200 children's books with interaction that supports reading development (ex; word highlighting). Some titles are free, and some are not.
Not the Hole Story
: incomplete stories that students have to use reading comprehension skills and creativity to finish
Timed Reading Practice
: practice reading fluency by reading short, timed passages
Timerime- create timelines and add pictures and text easily.
Sparkle Fish
: voice recording story completion app... guides students through the story completion process in a new and different way, helpful for those who have trouble getting stories on paper
Simple Mind+
: free mind mapping app... use this to create thinking maps and webs to plan writing and organize thoughts and ideas
Total Recall
: create color coordinated thinking maps to plan writing and organize ideas
Social Studies & Global
: detailed information about Congress, links to local representatives and government
Stats of the Union
: explore an United States map to learn the detailed story of health in this country, from national down to local
Atlas for iPad Free
: political world map and regional maps of each continent
7 Billion
: National Geographic Magazine's app that has videos, photos, and articles to go along with the concept of how our world will change as there are going to be 7 billion people living in it
Kids World Maps
: app that has six different types of maps focusing on what elementary school children need to know about landforms and world geography
TapQuiz Maps
: improve geography skills through a fun and engaging world map quiz game
Voki- create animated Avatars who speak what students type. A classroom account is $40 per year. Worth it!
For Teachers:
For Students:
Helpful Hints:
1. Start small
2. Know what your kids can do already
3. Plan ahead
4. Play around with the site first (you and your students!)

Science Lab
: fun and interactive app that reinforces science concepts and vocabulary for intermediate grades
Disaster Alert
: interactive world map with listings of natural and weather disasters occurring around the globe... current, real-time incidents that are "potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets" by the Pacific Disaster Center
: variety of information compiled by NASA including solar system images and facts, sightings of satellites and others, image of the day, videos, orbit trackers, astronomy picture of the day, and more
Virtual Manipulatives
: practice fractions, decimals, and percents with this free fraction bar app
Motion Math Zoom
: zoomable, stretchable number line for practice with basic number concepts
UnderSea Math
: math game that allows students to move through levels by practicing basic facts
Skills Tutor Math Fact Fluency
: app that includes both instruction and practice to help students in developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Personalized avatars and more than 360 real-world and arcade-style activities make the learning interesting (both English and Spanish options).
MPS Technology Survey Results
The results are in! We had 27 faculty members take the online technology survey. I am very proud of the turn out! For the most part, I feel that we are headed in the right direction. Here are the results:
97% of teachers agree or strongly agree that using the Internet allows students to create products that show high levels of learning.
72% of teachers do not feel that using technology causes more discipline problems.
100% of teachers believe that using the Internet helps to keep students motivated.
74% agree that technology will replace the printed text within five years. (Think about about our upcoming Eday. Could all classroom work be completed on the iPads?
81% agree that technology can improve their ability to teach.
62.9% believe that the school system should provide more training in the area of technology.
I think the numbers show that we are on the right track, but we still have a long way to go to prepare our students for the jobs of the future.
72% of teachers indicated that technology integration was very important.
83% of teachers said they would love to have more technology training and would use more technology if they received training.
66% of teachers said they preferred to learn technology integration skills at Inservice meetings. Less than 30% would prefer mentoring.
Even though 72% of teachers felt technology integration was very important, only 50% of teachers indicated their students created presentations or projects more than once a month.
31% of teachers felt confident in their ability to use and integrate technology into the curriculum. 67% felt they did okay.
"Today it seems the 'handhelds' of choice for education are the iPod touch and iPad. Use these devices along with other kinds of computers for education and you've got mobile learning. Mobile learning can happen anywhere: in a classroom, at the dining room table, on a bus, in front of a science exhibit, at the zoo…anywhere! Portability is not as important as the ability of the learner to connect, communicate, collaborate, and create using tools that are readily available."
- Tony Vincent, Learninginhand.com
Excerpt from his presentation "Project-Based Learning in Hand"
"School leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications, including thousands with educational uses. 'If there isn’t an app that does something I need, there will be sooner or later.'”
"Daniel Brenner, Roslyn (New York) superintendent, said the iPads would also save money in the long run by reducing printing and textbook costs; the estimated savings in the two iPad classes are $7,200 a year. 'It’s not about a cool application,” Dr. Brenner said. “We are talking about changing the way we do business in the classroom.'”

- Excerpts from Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad, New York Times, January 4, 2011
"On the first day, it ran and ran. I couldn't make the battery die, and I realized this alone would transform the technology experience in the classroom."
"It's also crucial to consider the technology 'everyday' and not 'special.' For example, it's important to not use the iPad as a reward. Technology is the way we do business – it's how we teach. It's not a reward for doing traditional education well."

- Excerpts from The School That Gives Every Student an iPad: How iPads have transformed the classroom,TechRadar.com, December 30, 2010
"'I believe that all kids need to be technology literate, whether they're five or 15,' Morgan Elementary School's Julie Gargus said. She is a kindergarten teacher at the school and has her students use the iPad on a regular basis. 'I'm still doing the teaching but it gives them opportunities to reinforce those skills for students who don't grasp the skills the first time. It gives them that extra practice,' Gargus said. She added that the programs the kids use on the iPad drive home important lessons learned in the classroom."

- Excerpt from Local Kindergarten Students Using iPads in the Classroom, Local 6 News, Paducah, KY, December 2, 2010
"I can't tell you which device we'll be using in 2012. I can't tell you how long its battery will last, or how much memory it will have or what the interaction model will be. I can tell you some long-term big trends that I'll bet on right now:
•Pupils and teachers will never wish they had fewer computers.
•Pupils and teachers will never wish their devices had shorter battery life than the iPad.
•Pupils and teachers will never wish that their internet access was slower.
•Pupils and teachers will never want a device that's harder to use than the iPad.
•Teachers will never want to have to go to a special classroom to use The Computers.
•Nobody will want a device that's more expensive and less capable than the iPad.
•Nobody will want to carry around a device that's significantly heavier than the iPad all day.
•Schools will not want to deploy a device that requires more tech support than an iPad.
And that's the strategy. We don't plan 10-year strategies, we plan 3 years and we finish the plan in a few months then we do it.
I don't much care if, in five years, we're using Android tablets - as long as those Android tablets last longer, are easier to use and deploy, are better and cheaper than an iPad. If future devices deliver information faster and better than an iPad, then we'll switch to those devices."

- Excerpts from Fraser Speirs (Cedar School of Excellence, Greenock, Scotland) blog post, On Strategy
Research has determined that the best way for teachers to
begin integrating technology into the curriculum is through the mentoring process. Mentoring allows teachers with similar technology skills to be placed in small mentoring groups to increase technology proficiency. The document on the right is a mentoring program written for Whitesburg School in Huntsville,Alabama and can be adopted to fit most schools.
Survey Results For Whitesburg P8 in Huntsville City Schools
Publishing gives authenticity to student work
ActivInspire is the software that accompanies interactive whiteboards. Student can create flipcharts to share with other students on any subject. www.prometheanplanet.com has a wealth of information and resources.
Edmodo-This educational site has been compared to FaceBook for the classroom. Teachers can post assignments and share links. Students can upload projects such as glogs and videos to share with classmates. A very secure site that allows only teachers and students access to posts.
Blogs- Edublogs and Kidsblog. Teachers can make a classroom site with individual student blogs attached! Have the students upload their book reports, vokis, videos, animotos, and all the other cool tools you are using! Set the site to private or public. After creating a blog for my class, my students began to love to write! We are sharing what we are doing http://justatechyteacher.edublogs.org/
Epals-Epals is a free website that lets teachers create student accounts. But with Epals classes from across the globe can share with each other. Teachers can also create individual student email accounts that can be monitored by the teacher. Epals offers activities for whole classes and individuals, using current events and real world issues.
A study was held in Nigeria to review teachers’ self-efficacy and teacher competence in integrating technology into the classroom.
The study found the best way to train teachers in technology integration was in small groups over a period of time. One day inservice training or summer workshops are not as effective as small group training over time.
The study also found that once teachers gained new technological skills, they were able to find ways to integrate it into the curriculum and demonstrate its use to others. Positive self-efficacy of technology skills are essential to teachers using the technology with students!
Researcg conducted by Coleen Moore-Hayes at Cape Breton University found that teachers with a positive self-efficacy about technology were more likely to integrate technology into the curriculum. Teachers need more than access to technology. They need training on the technology itself.
Survey Results for Memorial Park in Jasper City Schools
Barak, M. (2010). Motivating Self-Regulated Learning in Technology Education. International Journal of Technology & Design Education, 20 (4), 381-401.
Barber, D. A. (2012). 5 K-12 Ed tech trends for 2012 [Electronic version]. T.H.E. Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2012, from http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/01/10/5-k-12-ed-tech-for-2012.aspx
Foote, C. (2012). The Evolution of a 1:1 iPad Program. Internet at Schools, 90(4), 14-18.
Aduwa-Ogiegbaen, S.E. (2009). Nigerian inservice teachers’ self-assessment in core technology competences and their professional development needs in ICT. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education 26(1). Retreived from www.iste.org
Moore-Hayes, C., (2011). Technology integration preparedness and its influence on
teacher- efficacy. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 37(3). Retrieve from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/EJ960790.pdf
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