Instructional tools for teachers and librarians
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DESCRIPTIONDuring this presentation, you will learn about six new instructional technology tools that can be used in your classroom or library. I will provide information about the tool and suggestions for classroom use.
<ul><li>1.Instructional Tools forTeachers and LibrariansMAKING THE MOST OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCESPRESENTED BY MARY BETH PHAUP</li></ul> <p>2. I teach 8th grade English inWilliamsburg. I graduated fromRandolph-Macon College, lived andtaught in the bustling fan districtof Richmond, earned my MA inliterature from VCU, and recentlyreturned to my sweet, suburbanhometown.Last year I decided to pursue anendorsement in library/media. Mydesire is to create an inviting andwarm environment for students toread, write, collaborate, question,and engage in literature thatcrosses all curricula.ABOUT ME 3. During this presentation, you will learn about six new instructional technology tools that can be used in your classroom or library.I will provide information about the tooland suggestions for classroom use.SESSION DESCRIPTION 4. Both students andteachers can useblogging asinstructional tools.Students can createtheir own blogs toshowcasecoursework, orteachers andlibrarians can createblogs withinteresting posts,pictures, links,videos, audiorecordings, anddiscussions.BLOGGING 5. I recommend WordPress.com as a site tocreate your first blog. WordPress is userfriendly and allows you to post a video,quote, link, photo, or article.You can easilypost from thedashboard. Atany time youcan return toedit your post.Once you haveposted,students cancomment anddiscuss. BLOGGING: WORDPRESS 6. Blog to keep parents up to date about what is goingon in your classroom/library. Blog to help students with homework after school. Create a blog where students can write their ownstories. Create a blog where students can discuss novels theyare reading. Create a blog to showcase student work. Create a professional blog with lesson plans and linksto relevant articles.Web 2.0 in the Classrooms website provides excellent uses for blogging in the classroom. Check out the link below!Ways to use Blogs in your ClassroomUSES FOR BLOGGING 7. QR is short for Quick Response. You can use a smart phone, iPod, iPad, or any other mobile device that has a camera to scan a black and white boxed image. The box is a link created by the maker of the QR code.This is a QR code. Thereare a number of websitesthat allow you to generateone. You can downloadcodes for online use, orprint them out. Codes caneven be put on stickers,tshirts, coffee mugs, etc.! QR CODES 8. The following websites can be used to generate QR codes:www.qrstuff.comwww.qrcode.kaywa.comwww.qurify.comwww.smartytags.comwww.createqr.orgwww.createqrcode.appspot.comCreating a QR code is easy and free. GENERATING A QR CODE 9. Create a scavenger hunt for students to learntheir way around the library. Use QR codes in conjunction with google maps. Place QR codes around the school with links tosites that showcase student work. Put QR codes inside novels or nonfiction bookswith links to supplemental information. Have students write their own stories. Use QRcodes to link students to the next part of theirstories.Check out this site for 50interesting ways to use QR codesin the classroom. Or, scan here: USES FOR QR CODES 10. There are a variety of websites available that allow you to do interesting things with digital photographs.These sites can be used across content areas and grade levels and are great for differentiation.IMAGE EDITORS 11. Big Huge Labs is auseful site forcreating projectswith images.Students cancreate magazinecovers, tradingcards, movieposters, mosaics,cubes, calendars,photo albums,and slideshows.The uses areCreated with Mosaic Maker at BigHugeLabs. almost endless.IMAGE EDITOR: BIGHUGELABS.COM 12. Toys, Games, and Utilities available atBigHugeLabs.IMAGE EDITOR: BIGHUGELABS.COM 13. Students create a magazine coveras a visual to a biography written on www.picnik.coma famous person. www.photofunia.com www.befunky.comStudents use mosaic maker to www.imagechef.comcreate a mosaic that illustrates the www.photo505.comevents in a story. www.dumpr.comStudents use mapmaker to map out www.yourgen.com/comicwhere historical or current eventstake place.Students make character tradingcards with descriptions of majorRecent photocharacters in a story.turned retro withwww.tuxpi.comStudents alter pictures for schoolnewspaper or yearbook.Students use special effects tocapture tone/mood that should bereflected in picture.OTHER IMAGE EDITORS AND USES 14. Students are carrying them.Many schools have a BYODpolicy. Electronic devices areexpensive for school districtsto purchase. Why not use atool that students are familiarwith, love, and already havemoney invested in?As long as there areregulations and strictguidelines, open up yourlibrary to cell phone use.Photo Attribution:http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomeinscottsdale/5171125430/sizes/l/CELLS PHONES IN THE LIBRARY 15. Use PollEverywhere to trackanswers from students. Itscheaper than clickers suchas quizdom, and is actuallyfree if you have less than 40users. EverNote is a cell phone appthat allows you to keeplinks, photos, images, audiorecordings, videos, andnotes all in one place. Itcan be linked to otherpeople to share a universalnoteboard.USING THE CELL PHONE AS A LEARNING TOOL 16. Photo Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ww4f/2387915131/sizes/o/Students can use twitter to create a live discussion about a film ornovel. The teacher can instruct students to use a common hash tagso that the feed will mimic a group discussion. Many studentsalready have twitter accounts set up on their phones.For students who do not have a device, they can use TweetCall at 1-877-TweetCall and speak their tweet onto the phone. It will appearon the live feed.In addition, students can use cell phones as a camera or video camera for projects, as a GPS, to read e-books or online articles, as calculators, dictionaries, and as a device to record lectures or discussions for later review, all of which can be linked up via twitter.USING TWITTER AS A LEARNING TOOL 17. Yodio is a good classroom tool because its easy to navigateand students can create the project from different locations. Anassignment could be broken down into parts- for example,students could write out a script in class, and their homeworkassignment could be to call yodio and record. Because all itrequires is a free phone call, this could be a good tool forstudents who dont have the internet at home.DIGITAL STORYTELLING 18. On www.fiftywordstories.com, students can write in their own stories in fiftywords. The stories should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. There is alot of beauty and power found in the brevity. We live in an era where telling abrief story is actually valued. Tweets, Facebook posts, news headlines-- peoplewant information that is quick, relevant, clear, and to the point.Fifty Word Stories is a good exercise in making each word count.While teaching elaboration is important, I think this idea would reallyget students thinking about word choice and main idea.DIGITAL STORYTELLING: 50 WORD STORIES 19. The University of Houston has complied a list of educational uses for digital storytelling. The link to their website below lists ideas for all content areas and grade levels.Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling Photo Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paoletti/4532339057/DIGITAL STORYTELLING 20. Many times, students are more technologicallyadvanced than their teachers and librarians.Be open to learning about new applicationsand tools that students discover that can belended to classroom use. When using technology, students are notpassive learners- they are naturallygenerating, obtaining, sharing, andmanipulating information. Students play themost active roll in learning. Technology enhances student self esteem andis grounded in collaboration, one of the mostimportant skills a child can learn.CLOSING: TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS </p>
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