Integrating Technology into the Classroom
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 the students in your class have permission to go online.
Teachers Using Technology in Classrooms
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.
Use a WebQuest that has been developed already to teach a topic.
If you are lucky enough to be in a classroom with a digital whiteboard, ask your mentor teacher how to use it!
Create a PowerPoint presentation to teach a topic.
Use the Internet to look up interesting facts about the subject you are teaching.
If you have a Smartboard or Promethean board, connect a digital microscope to the board and label the image. Projecting the image also makes it larger and easier for the students to see.
Students Using Technology in Classrooms
Have students do an animal dissection on the computer. Software and sites are available for this process.
Have students develop a nutrition program and put it into a spreadsheet.
Have them record what they eat:
Then they can graph all their data.
Have students do an experiment. They can input all of their data into spreadsheets to create graphs. Have the students present their experiments to class by using a multimedia presentation.
Have students go on a virtual tour of a different country. Look at all the different kinds of species living in that country. Have them do research on that country.
Have them research:
Then have them show how the climate affects the animals, and how people affect the animals. Also have students look at extinct animals and how climate and people may have affected them. Students then can put all of their findings into a PowerPoint presentation. They also can make a class website about their findings.
Have students do an experiment with the weather. Have the students look up the weather every day on the computer. Have them develop a spreadsheet to house their findings. Then, after a week or two of looking at the weather, see if the students can start predicting the weather. Have the students input their predictions into the spreadsheet and check the next day to see if they were right. They also can keep track of the lows, highs, and averages. Look at the rainfall and the average rainfall. There is so much the students can do with this.