Learning and Technology
- Engaged learning combines many important
elements. Explore each of these aspects to
learn how you can activate the learning
- Problem Solving
- Information Processing
- Authentic Resources
- Real-World Activities
- Project-Based Learning
- Activity #1: Data Analysis
- Explore the following sites. Discuss how you might
use the information or resource in a problem-solving
project. How could you use productivity tools such as
a word processor, database, spreadsheet, or graphing
software in this project?
- Data and Information Sites: Younger Students
- Data and Information Sites: Older Students
- Statistical Information and Calculators
- Activity #2: Information Processing
- Information processing involves students in
gathering, selecting, evaluating, analyzing, creating,
and communicating data, resources, and ideas. Consider
a project you already do in your classroom. How could
you enhance a step in this process?
- Collaboration involves working together
to address a
problem, simulate an
event, or answer a question.
For example at Virtual
Congress, students across the nation collaborate
like the real
- Activity #3: Build a Chain
- There are many areas where chaining can be fun.
Try a chain story or timeline.
- Writing - add a paragraph
- Timelines - add an event
- Drawing - add to picture
- Experiments - along a river
- The TESAN
project involved students from throughout the world.
Fair Project involved a real scientist as part of
- Activity #4: Communication
- Think about ways that you could add a
communication component to an existing project.
Brainstorm an activity that would involve sharing
information using technology. Considering finding
class or student Epals!
- web pages
- Authentic resources are important in learning.
Some examples are shown below:
- Diaries, Journals, Logs
- Activity #5: Use Authentic Resources
- Explore authentic information resources on the
Internet. Brainstorm a simple activity that would
incorporate authentic resources. Remember, you can
always find good resources in the news at CNN
or USA Today.
- Real World
- Activity #6: Real-World Applications
- Think of ways to link your activities to the real
world. Use real-world resources, materials, and
experiences. Don't just read about it. Do it and share
it with others. For example, kids in Hawaii learned
about the Green
Sea Turtle and shared their experiences in a
- Projects are a wonderful way to engage learner.
There are many types of projects.
- Classroom Projects
- Cross-Grade Projects
- School Projects
- Community Projects
- Online Projects
- Activity #7: Evaluate a Project
- Explore the following project. What do you think?
Would this kind of collaborative, online project
engage your students? Why or why not?
- Use the following sites to explore some other