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 already been developed 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 (i.e., authors).
Students Using Technology in Classrooms
- Have students do a research paper. They have to use the Internet as part of their research. All of their work needs to be done on a computer.
- Have students develop a Web page about themselves (teach them what to put and what not to put). Have them update their page.
- Have students correspond with an individual using email.
- Have students keep a journal on the computer.
- Have students create a newsletter, brochure, or newspaper on the computer.