Teaching the Elementary Grades with Technology - Boston
July 29-30, 2013
Suzy Brooks: email@example.com, @simplysuzy, Third Graders Dreaming Big
Assistant: Brenda Doucette Brenda_Doucette@newton.k12.ma.us
Respond to pollev.com/bholland poll (student response system)
The 21st Century Classroom & C-R-C-D
Why/What are 21st century skills?
How do they apply to the elementary classroom?
- What is the advantage to using technology?
- Can paper....speak, search, auto-correct, manipulate, contain video, self-publish...???
- Fully Accessible
- Anywhere/ Any time
- Mistake Tolerant
The CRCD Framework from Leonardo's Laptopby Ben Schneiderman
- Collect: students research information
- Relate: collaborate to solve problems
- Create: construct content and demonstrate understanding
- Donate: contribute to a community
Easter Egg Hunt - technology tips & tricks
- Tabs & Windows
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Speak Text
- Mac - System Preferences>Speech>Text to Speech (video tutorial)
- Windows - Control Panel>Speech> Text to Speech
Phase 1 - Collect
This Google Presentation contains details about all of these topics.
What is the web and how do we use it?
- Defining Web Site
- Using, modeling, and teaching search techniques
- Alternatives to Google
Phase 2 - Relate
Digital Citizenship - Copyright & Creative Commons
- Copyright, Citations, and related plagiarism issues
- The Copyright Act of 1976 and “Fair Use”
- Modeling good Digital Citizenship
- How to license and search for Creative Commons content
- Google Advanced Image search: Usage Rights
- Digital Citizenship Resources:
Public vs. Private, Parents, and Acceptable Use
- Best practices for protecting student privacy
- Alternatives to direct publishing
- Opening up students to the world
- School culture and Acceptable Use Policies
Blogging and Educational Blogging
- What is a blog?
- Why blog?
- Which blog?
- Pick a platform - KidBlog, WordPress, or Blogger
- Create an account.
- Follow the on-screen directions to login and explore your new blogging platform
- Create a Welcome to My Blog post. Add a few sentences welcoming readers to your blog.
- Use bold, italics, and colored text at various points in your sentences.
- Publish your post and view your blog.
- Write a new post. Give it a title such as Recommended Resources.
- Create a numbered list and type up three (3) resources that you have discovered today.
- Make the names of the resources into hyperlinks. Have them open in a NEW window.
- Publish your post and view your blog.
- Go back to your Welcome to My Blog post and edit it. Add a picture either from the web or your computer. Publish and view it again.
- Edit your Recommended Resources post and add a link to the blog of a teacher near you.
- Leave a comment on your own blog as well as that of a person near you.
- Create a new post for your blog. Write a few sentences and embed a video.
- Explore your Settings
- Set your time zone
- Choose a different Theme (if you want to)
- Explore the Post & Comment settings for privacy control
- Explore options for adding students or other class blogs to your account. NOTE - each blogging platform with have different options.
Google Docs for Creating the Collaborative Classroom
Google Docs Challenges
Phase 3 - Create
I want my students to....
Phase 4 - Donate
Sharing with Students, Parents, & the Community
- Vimeo vs. YouTube (View Pure)
- Snapfish, Shutterfly, Flickr
- Collaborate, work independently, and learn through Smart Centers
Assessment & Rubrics
Build your Personal Learning Community
End of Workshop Survey & News
Please complete this survey before you leave! In the survey confirmation, you will receive a link to download a certificate of participation.
Save the Date!
November 13-15, 2013: Leading Change in Changing Times: EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA
- Call for Proposals OPEN until September 13th
- Early Bird Discount through October 13th
1. Read the executive summary of The Center for Public Education’s report “Defining a 21st
Century Education” at:http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Learn-About/21st-Century. In
this summary, you will find a useful explanation of 21st skills as well as their implications for
2. Read the Overview of the Framework for 21st Century Skills at: http://www.p21.org/overview/
skills-framework. The framework addresses student outcomes and student support systems.
3. Read the Preface and Background of the CAST Teaching Every Student book:http://
www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/preface.cfm. The Center for Applied Science and
Technology explores ways to use technology in order to assist learners. In particular, they have
pioneered the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
4. Write a 1-3 paragraph response to the following questions: Why do you feel that you should
integrate technology into YOUR classroom? What role can it play? How do you think it could
support your teaching and individualize your students’ learning?
1. Read the Edutopia article Why Teach Project Based Learning at http://www.edutopia.org/
2. Watch the two introductory videos on the Edutopia Core Strategy: Project-Based Learning
page as well as at least one of the Real-Life Example videos:http://www.edutopia.org/projectbased-learning3. In 1-3 paragraphs, describe a project that you could use with your students in order to
engage, inspire, and motivate them to achieve a deeper understanding of a topic, concept, or
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