Handhelds are the best, the greatest, the coolest
Or…just another tool?
Choosing the best technology is like choosing the best diet...
We’re constantly bombarded with the best way…
Let’s apply what we already know about effective diets and learning environment.
“The best diet is no diet at all…”
It’s a change in lifestyle.
Each child is unique
Each teacher is unique
Atkins or Waffles?
Everything on a Waffle, Polly Horvath
Ten Tactics that Work
Things We Already Know
Collaboration creates synergy
More ideas More perspectives
More data More opportunities
More channels, more learning
Multiple senses, text, visual, audio
content areas, perspectives
Micawber, John Lithgow
Small steps lead to success
Word processor & print
Fill-in document Email as attachments
Word Processor & Visuals
Variety is the spice
Textbook Alone OR
Video & Music
Fields of Fury: The American Civil War,
James M. McPherson
The more experience, the better
More you read, write, speak, share…
the better you get
Anywhere, Anytime Access Cheerios
Get out of the rut
Explore the Web
Creative project ideas Fresh thinking
Mac & Cheese
Free means opportunity
Virtual Field Trips
By students & teachers
With text, photos, video…
Reading is fundamental
Leisure Information Learning
Paper, books, web, posters
Think best, not coolest
Email Current Events - Web
Novel - Paperback
A balanced diet of technology
Make it fun
What makes things fun?
Ants on a Log
Make it meaningful
personal impact, immediately useful
Writing & Calculating
“just schoolwork” or relevant?
Address individual differences
Allow for what works
After Brushing Rule
Tutorials Drill and Practice
Review Software Quiz makers
Reluctant readers, talkers, writers
TransallÄSaga, Gary Paulsen
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
Find an audience
Another class Another grade level
Community World on the Web
Create healthy habits
Make it a “creative routine”
Springboard for each class
Problem, Photo, Quote, Statistic
Daily, Weekly Activities
Share the responsibility
Provide resources for students
Weather Channel Daily News
Presentation Online Reference Resources
What’s THE best time for teachers?
After the first wave…
After the tech problems…
After there’s enough stuff…
After it’s comfortable…
The Lifestyle Change
Visualize the standards
Identify essential questions
Create meaningful connections
Locate varied resources & tools
Reflect on what works
View the standards as they relate to the world around us
Past, Present, Future
Compare Here and There
On the Road, Railroad, Trail, River
Diversity of Life
Science, Math, SS, English, Applied
Then and Now
Mount St Helens Chicago Fire
City Growth Fire, Flood, Tornado Areas
World Trade Center Towers
Take a test … OR…
Then and Now
Books Historic Documents
Interviews Digital Cameras
St. Louis Then and Now, Elizabeth McNultry
Ten Tips from a Fellow Dieter
What works best?
Tip 1: Technology works best when you don’t try
Don’t get caught up in the glitz, just do it!
Tip 2: Technology works best when you use it where it makes sense
Know your teaching style and your student learning styles
Tip 3: Technology works best when you keep your eyes open
Watch what works and doesn’t, then learn from your experiences
Tip 4: Technology works best when you focus on one new thing at a time
Keep adding new things until you have a great set of skills
Tip 5: Technology works best when you keep it simple
The more the merrier, but also the messier.. Start with a friend, not a fleet
Tip 6: Technology works best with you don’t commit to the fads
Try them, have some fun, but don’t commit until you’re confident.
Tip 7: Technology works best when it’s linked to a teaching or learning strategy
Use a word processor as a writing tool, not just a type writer.
Tip 8: Technology works best when you use it regularly
There are dozens of applications of Inspiration across content areas
Tip 9: Technology works best balance new and old
Preserve your core values and change your tools and strategies
Tip 10: Technology works best when you collaborate as a team
Share with teachers, students, parents, media specialists, technology coordinator
Avoiding Deja Vu
So… should I buy a handheld?
Ask a different question:
What have I learned from other technologies?
How will it help me as an educator?
Making it Work
Whether a new diet or a technology
Build your own plan
Created by Annette Lamb, 01/02. Online Workshop Resources Updated 7/02.