Open a Can of Worms:
Integrating Technology into Your Classroom
Annette Lamb
Integrating Technology into Your Classroom
  • Planning
  • Classroom Management
  • Project Development
Open a Can of Worms
Before you open the can,
  • create a plan
  • start with one worm
  • keep it small
  • reflect on your progress
  • add another worm
Building Learning Environments
  • Match learning outcomes:
    • standards, needs, time
  • Match tools and activities
  • Manage
  • Integrate
  • Standards, Needs, Time
  • What do you want your students to be able to do or talk about?
Identify the Skills
  • Identify, match, label
  • Compare & contrast
  • Explain the function of
  • Describe the relationship
  • Discuss the cause & effect
  • Solve a problem
  • Define literary forms
  • Discuss origins & purposes of fables
  • Identify basic story elements
  • Identify the moral or lesson in fable
  • Retell a story
  • Write a fable containing a moral
  • Locate and read literature from web-based sources
Fables Unit
  • Identify books
  • Look for lessons: fables+lesson
  • Identify web resources: text, audio, video
Choose the Tools
  • The goal:
    • Accessing information
    • Writing
    • Organizing
    • Presenting
    • Learning tools: tutorials, drills
Selecting Resources
  • Use what you have
  • Buy what you need
  • Do you need specialized tools?
    • children's tools
    • specialty software

Software Evaluation

  • Ask your friends
  • Ask your email connections- Proteacher
  • Use online resources
  • Read magazines
Lesson Plan Evaluation
  • Why reinvent the wheel?
  • Use lesson planning sites
  • Use search engines: software+
    • lessons, tips and tutorials, student projects

Lesson Plan Ideas

  • General Lesson Planning Sites
  • State Department of Education
  • Regional Labs
  • Grant Projects
  • Schools of Teacher Education
  • School Districts
Lesson Plan Search
  • Look for lessons plans:
  • Search subject, software, topic
  • Discuss how it could be adapted or modified
  • Discuss classroom management considerations
Buying Software
  • Look for state and area buys
  • Look at Sam's club
  • Try online sources
    • special educator programs
    • special school plans
Select Tools
  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Analyze entry skills
    • content, technology, info lit
  • Focus on specific tools
  • Consider time vs outcome
Word Processing
  • Grade level considerations
    • fonts, sizes, menus
  • Entry skills - process writing
  • Specialize - peer writing, macros, spelling
  • Time vs outcome
Try It: Move away from "typing"
  • Process writing
  • Specific skills - combining
  • Collaborative writing
  • Brainstorming
  • Organizing ideas
  • Grade level considerations -templates, graphics
  • Entry skills - categorizing, detail
  • Speciaize tools - reporting, forms
  • Time vs outcome
  • Grade level considerations -templates, auto formulas
  • Entry skills - math, categorizing
  • Specialize tools - charts and graphs
  • Time vs outcome
Visual Tools
  • Grade level considerations -templates, starters
  • Entry skills - categorizing, relationships
  • Specialize tools - varied ways of viewing
  • Time vs outcome
  • Grade level considerations
    • templates, starters
  • Entry skills: organizing ideas
  • Specialize tools: fonts, audio, video, imaging
  • Time vs outcome
  • Grade level considerations -templates, starters
  • Entry skills - organizing ideas
  • Specialize tools - fonts, audio, video, imaging
  • Time vs outcome
    • HyperStudio
  • Grade level considerations - starters, stamps
  • Entry skills - painting, drawing
  • Specialize tools - brightness, contrast, filters
  • Time vs outcome
Email Tools
  • Grade level considerations
    • distance of epal, audiences
  • Entry skills - types of writing
  • Specialize tools - attachments, signatures
  • Time vs outcome
Information Resources
  • Grade level considerations
    • reading skills, skimming
  • Entry skills - info lit, evaluation, reading
  • Specialize tools - bookmarks
  • Time vs outcome
Management Strategies
  • Classroom management is the key to effective, engaged learning environments.
  • Do you ever feel…?
  • You stayed on the tilt-a-whirl too long?
  • Your sewing machine ran out of thread?
  • Your slinky's got a kink?
Classroom Profile
  • Classroom management survey and ideas for tech integration
Set Expectations High
  • Start with Quality Content & Activities
    • Focus on an outcome.
    • Seek content with substance.
    • Ask for high level thinking.
Do It!
  • Select an outcome.
  • Brainstorm
    • content needs for exploration
    • activities with thinking
    • simple products with impact
Begin by Exploring
  • Explore tools
  • Use personal examples
  • Make it meaningful
  • Make it fun and silly
Do It!
  • Make a list of software or technology you've been thinking about learning.
  • Try some exploring.
Start in a Group
  • Begin as a large group
  • Enter individual data
  • Bring it back to the whole group
  • Write or interpret individually
Do It!
  • Brainstorm activities you could start as a group.
    • what could student, add, expand, focus on
Provide Starters
  • Pictures
  • Story Starters
  • Problems or Questions
Do It!
  • Explore clip art websites.
  • Explore clip art on CDs.
    • Create a folder on your network of good
    • clipart for a project.
Keep it Quick
  • Pick a tool with easy choices
  • Use the results in a more complex project:
    • Timeliner
    • Mapmaker Toolkit
    • Diorama
Do It!
  • Try a piece of software.
  • Is it worth the time to learn the software?
  • Would a traditional approach be as effective?
Provide Guides
  • Anticipation guide
  • Question lists
  • Visual maps
  • Data templates
  • WebQuests
Do It!
  • Discuss projects that might involve the use of census data.
  • How and why could students visualize and analyze the data?
Provide Helpers
  • Handouts
  • Notebooks
  • Cards
  • Bulletin boards
  • Web pages
Do It!
  • Use an established website to to post a simple web-based activity.
Field Test Ideas
  • Before trying a new project:
    • pick three students
    • ask them to do a "dry" run
    • ask for their suggestions
    • revise your materials
Do It!
  • Try the activity yourself:
  • What are your frustrations?
    • disk management
    • time to get organized
    • finding good stuff
    • learning the software
  • Explore "Kinetics Lab" on-own
  • Demonstrate
    • as they watch
    • and talk through
    • and write down steps
  • Try with a partner
Kinetics Lab
Do It!
  • Try different ways to introducing new activities. Reflect on each approach.
  • Do you need more talk, demo, print support, practice…?
Repeat, Repeat, etc.
  • Provide content & directions
    • Hear, Read, See
    • 3 times
Do It!
  • Brainstorm ways to: hear, see, read
Be Active
  • Focus on a single resource
  • Be specific about action:
    • write…
    • label...
    • speak…
    • debate…
    • diagram...
Do It!
  • Choose a website.
  • Brainstorm active words.
    • write…
    • label...
    • speak…
    • debate…
    • diagram...
Use Multimedia Examples
  • Examples and Nonexamples
    • Words
    • Diagram or Chart
    • Map or Timeline
    • Photograph
    • Video
Do It!
  • Brainstorm alternative ways to present information:
    • visual - still & motion
    • auditory
    • text - paper, screen
    • charts, diagrams, timelines
Try Different Groups
  • How many computers do you have?
  • How much time do you have?
  • What can be done on and off computer?
  • What can be done in 1, 2-5, 25?
Do It!
  • Try the same activity with different configurations.
Rotate Learners
  • Current events
  • This day in history
  • Biography of the day
  • Picture of the day
  • Problem of the day
    • Write about relevance
Do it!
  • How could you implement a daily or weekly activity?
    • in your classroom
    • as an outside assignment
    • individually or in small groups
Peer Practice Ideas
  • Brainstorm
    • words and definitions
    • names and dates
    • problems and information
  • Create - charts, diagrams
Do It!
  • Brainstorm ways to use calculation sites.
    • currency conversion
    • salary adjuster
    • calorie counters
Teaching Trios
  • Create peer teaching teams for students.
  • Work in groups of three on projects, each with a different assignment.
Do It!
  • Brainstorm alternative types of assignments:
    • group roles: writer, mouser
    • work: doctor, lawyer
    • debate: pro, con
    • channels: audio person
Hold mini-conferences
  • Process-folios & Journals
  • Spiral notebooks
    • Cool things list
    • Questions & frustrations
    • Problems I solved
    • Things I can teach others
Do It!
  • Discuss your experiences using process check activities.
Practice Study Skills
  • Make good use of reading time
  • Reading Off Screen - Outlining, Skimming
  • Printouts - Underlining
Do It!
  • Watch your students read off the screen.
  • Are they using their time effectively?
Break Down Big Projects
  • Look at the big picture
    • Focus on one task at a time
    • Be prepared to cut down the the size of the assignment
    • Bring students together
    • Review & go on
Do It!
  • Explore online projects.
  • Discuss issues related to managing a large-scale project.
Use Project Ideas
  • Explore existing projects.
  • Use the data from last year.
  • Apply the ideas.
  • Locate people to participate.
Do It!
  • Discuss projects that you've heard people try.
  • Are they a good use of Internet?
Narrow Your Focus
  • Pick 2-3 web pages
  • Start with 1 activity
  • Try activities as a large group
  • What will give you the best combination of skills?
Do It!
  • Explore a website.
  • Discuss what aspects of the website are the most useful.
Manage Online Projects
  • List the steps in the activity
  • Show in a flow chart
  • Create a timeline
    • Bulletin board
    • Handout
Do It!
  • Develop an idea for a collaborative project.
    • What info will you share?
    • Who will you share with?
    • Create a project bulletin board
Identify Wasted Time
  • Entering class
  • Waiting for
    • computer availability
    • loading page
    • printing
  • Last five minutes
  • Exiting class
Do it!
  • Discuss examples of times during the day where you see students wasting time.
  • Brainstorm ideas for making good use of the time - journal writing, problems
Manage the Desktop
  • Desktop - files, folders, window layout
Do It! Get organized
Manage Applications
  • Use
    • special features
    • macros
    • templates
    • starters
    • bookmarks
Do It!
  • Explore an application you've used for a long time.
    • look for new applications
    • explore features
    • try new ways of using
Transfer Learning
  • Ask students to transform information each time.
  • Review new learning with peer problem solving.
  • Apply practiced math to a "real-world activity"
Do it
  • Brainstorm some drill software you've used.
  • Discuss ways to build in an immediate activity that requires transfer.
Use Communication Trees
  • Find a group of friends
  • Form an email or phone tree
Do It!
  • Who would you contact?
  • What's the likely response?
  • No help… what's your next step?
Have a Backup Plan
  • The lights go out
  • The network crashes
  • It's just taking too long
    • Same thing, another way
    • Another project ready
    • Adjust small group work
Do It!
  • Share ways that you handle technology disasters.
  • Are you ready to open the can of worms?
Open a Can of Worms
  • Email me about your worms!
Annette Lamb
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 Created by Annette Lamb, 7/00