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.
Students Using Technology in Classrooms
- Using music software, have students write a song on the computer using a midi (a music keyboard that can plug into the computer) . Then have the students take pictures or draw on the computer. Next, incorporate the pictures and the music together into a multimedia presentation.
- Have students write their own songs on an electronic keyboard using different sounds, and record them.
- Divide students into groups. Assign each group a type of music like jazz, country, blues, etc. Then have the students do research on the music using the internet as one of its resources. The students then can put their information into a PowerPoint presentation to show the entire class.
- Have students develop a music Web page for the class or the whole school. Each class can develop their own Web page putting in music that they have created and letting others know what they do in music class.
- Have students listen to music while they are on the computer. Have them “draw what they hear” using Kid Pix. Then the students can put together a slideshow using the music and the pictures that they drew.