- Info Tech
- Set a Direction
- Set a
- The first step in implementing an
information technology curriculum is
setting a direction. Your curriculum guide
might include elements such as accessing,
processing, and communicating information.
However, the information is useless
without a context. It must be connected to
topics within a curriculum area to be
meaningful. This means identifying key
curriculum concepts and deciding on the
role of information technology in the
lesson. Will students be accessing,
processing, or communicating ideas?
- Start with the standards. For example,
curriculum in Ontario Canada contains
studies standards related to the
migration of people across North America.
Students might use a history
site to access basic information.
Then, use the pioneer
website to learn more about what life
was like on the prairie in the mid 1800s.
Finally, student could create a web page
such as this student
project from a school in Alberta to
communicate what they've learned about
their community's migration history.
- Locate Useful Resources
- Begin by locating useful materials including
information resources that contain text, graphics,
audio, video, and animation. Next, look for lessons,
activities, and student projects that might be useful.
As you explore, focus on the information technology
and content area outcomes. The following theme and
professional development resources might be
- Put the Pieces Together
- Once you've located some resources, explore sample
projects and example activities. Modify and adapt
those ideas that fit your needs. For example, consider
a webquest. You can find lots of webquests
on the Internet. With a little modification they may
fit your needs. For example, if you're teaching an
advertising unit, consider a webquest on propaganda.
Create your own learning environment thinking about
your outcome, the time your have to devote to the
outcome, student motivation, your confidence in using
technology, and providing a challenge to students.
Explore another example.
- Work as a Team
- Don't try to do it alone. Focus on particular
areas and share your results with other teachers. For
example, the TESAN
project was developed by a teacher in Indiana and a
teacher in the Netherlands. They each provided
expertise in different areas and were able to
collaborate. Try an activity and keep a log of what
works and what doesn't. Think about how you can
replicate effective projects. For example, you might
use an online
story. Or, use a CD-ROM folk tale such as Imo
and the King and the DK My First
Dictionary. Ask yourself: how did this activity
work? Was the website at the best reading level? Did
it work to have students working in pairs. Would it
have been better to just print the web page rather
than read off the screen? What was the most important
outcome? Was this outcome achieved?
- Share your experiences with other teachers. What
were your successes and your failures? What revisions
can you make for next time? Some of the best ideas
emerge when sharing your experiences with others.
However, always remember that the focus of all
activities is on learning, not the information or the
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