Integrating Technology into the Classroom
First, ask your mentor teacher or media specialist what types of technology are available in the school and how you go about accessing them. For example, can you check-out digital cameras or a projector from the media specialist? Second, read your school’s Acceptable Use Policy and find out if all of the students in your class have permission to go online.
Teachers Using Technology in Classrooms
1. Create a graphic organizer for a concept in Word or Inspiration. Ask your mentor teacher or the media specialist if Inspiration is available in your school.
2. Use a WebQuest that has been developed already to teach a topic.
3. If you are lucky enough to be in a classroom with a digital whiteboard, ask your mentor teacher how to use it!
4. Create a PowerPoint presentation to teach a topic.
5. Use the Internet to look up interesting facts about the subject you are teaching.
Students Using Technology in Classrooms
1. Have students use a digital camera to take pictures of:
Things around school that start with the letter a, b, c…
Nouns, verbs, adjectives, rhyming words
Types of clouds, types of trees
Concepts such as citizenship, solution/mixture
How to perform a skill (use a piece of equipment, kick, throw, cook)
Print out the photos and have students write about them or put the photos into a PowerPoint presentation.
2. Conduct research and use the Internet as a resource. Your school has access to databases suitable for students in all grades. Ask your mentor teacher or media specialist how to access these sites. SCETV also has excellent web resources available at http://www.knowitall.org. Don’t forget to remind students about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
3. Have elementary students draw a picture related to something they are studying in Kid Pix. Ask your mentor teacher or the media specialist if Kid Pix is available in your school.
4. Have students create a digital video such as:
Public service announcement
Performing a skill (kicking, throwing, playing an instrument)
5. Have students produce an audio recording (a shareware version of WavePad is available online at http://www.download.com) such as:
6. Create a digital story with PowerPoint or Word. Use scanned images, images from a digital camera, clip art or images from the Internet.
7. Have students graph:
Weather patterns (temperature, etc.)
Compare forecasts with the actual weather
Resting and active heart rate
Temperatures in different cities
Nutritional information for different foods (calories, fat content, protein)
8. Have a student check the weather every day online.
9. Have each student/ group of students create one (or a few) slides in PowerPoint to contribute to one class PowerPoint presentation on a particular topic.
10. Have students create PowerPoint slides for a test or skill review.
11. Use the Internet to look up artists, musicians, sports statistics, nutrition information, or types of instruments.
12. Use Internet Topic Hot Lists and Subject Samplers to introduce a new topic of study.
13. Take your students on a Virtual Fieldtrip.
14. Have your students write a group story using an AlphaSmart.
15. Have your students write a newsletter, create a brochure, or design a Web page about a topic.
16. Create a budget using Excel. Give students a certain amount of money and have them plan a trip.
17. Have students contribute information to a wiki such as Wikipedia.
Remember what you have learned in class! Use the list above to think of ideas appropriate for your grade level and content area. Visit your former professor’s websites, the ITC website and the EDUC275 website for links to content specific sites and technology integration ideas.