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7 Reasons to Use Technology in Lesson Plans

Today I’d like to share an awesome, informative article I found regarding the benefits of teachers using technology in the classroom.  Pretty cool.  This article was found at http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/tech-ed/7-reasons-to-use-technology-in-education-lesson-plans/. It’s the Concordia University website, but they have all kinds of neat resources for teachers. Take a look!

7 Reasons to Use Technology in Education Lesson Plans

Technology has revolutionized the way humans interact and connect with each other and modern classrooms, homes, and offices are drastically different from how they were just 20 or 30 years ago. Students today are preparing to enter a technology-filled workplace  and their worlds are already dominated by social media, televisions, video games, and other technological advancements. By bringing technology into the classroom, teachers are offering students the chance to connect on a deeper level while they are also help them prepare to handle the professional world of the future. Here are seven reasons teachers should consider using technology in education and their own lesson plans.

The Amount of Information Available

When using the Internet, teachers and their students have the opportunity to access limitless information and school projects no longer need to be confined to hours of research in libraries or what can be gathered from outdated textbooks. Students can use Google to learn more about topics in far less time. Teachers can use the information students have at their fingertips to challenge them and encourage them to delve deeper into subjects and master the information.

The Modern Languages Opportunities

Modern language skills are extremely valuable in the professional world. Allowing students to communicate with native speakers of that language is just one of the uses of technology in education. Students are able to hear the language, practice speaking skills, and enhance their overall understanding.

The Chance to Learn Geography, History, and Culture

With a world that is increasingly defined by global trade and intercommunication, the opportunity to meet and speak with students in other countries is a valuable experience in itself. Geography, international history, languages, and cultures take on a much greater meaning when students can interact with people from that country rather than just learn about them in a textbook. Students can interview other children about their local customs and cultures to get first hand experiences.

Access to New Norms of Education

Teachers are looking for ways to increase the attention spans  of their students and this is not an easy task when dealing with a typical ratio of 25 students to one teacher. This can make it challenging for a teacher to give one on one attention to each student who needs assistance with a particular subject. While the Internet is not a substitute for personal interaction, it does offer a wide range of resources for teachers to use to help some students gain understanding of the material. There are study guides, interactive diagrams, explanations, and videos all available on the Internet.

The Internet can be extremely helpful for students who have different learning styles. There may be some who will learn a subject the best when they can read the material, taking time to digest it. Others may learn better through videos or interactive instruction. These methods can all be taught simultaneously through the Internet.

Individualized Lessons

With the Internet, not only will students have the opportunity to study using their preferred means of learning, they will also be able to better set the pace. In every classroom there are some students who grasp material quickly and become bored with subsequent repetition. On the other hand, there are students struggling to keep up. Technology can help teachers create lessons that will allow the quickly moving students to delve deeper into the subject or explore related topics while allowing the slower students more time to understand the material.

Adding New Meaning to Student Projects

Students enjoy finding meaning to their work. While in the past they could create reports and projects that would be viewed only by their teacher and fellow students, their work can now be easily displayed online. They can create materials to be used by other students and get feedback on their ideas from students in other schools all over the world. This will help students take pride in their work and find meaning in their assignments.

Student Collaboration Opportunities

Along the same lines, students can collaborate on projects with students from around the world. They can work with students from the school across the street or across the country. There is a full range of technology, such as the recent popularity in cloud technology, which will allow the students to speak and work together with ease without ever meeting in person.

Technology presents teachers the opportunity to open doors for their students. They have access to limitless information and students are better prepared to enter the workforce because integrating technology into their educational lives better prepares them for the global world.

Hurry! Time is Running Out on Awesome eBeam Deal!

Through October 31, 2012 every eBeam Edge product purchased
from an authorized eBeam Reseller, comes with an eBeam Wireless Keyboard ($99 value)!

The eBeam Wireless Keyboard, combined with your eBeam Edge, allows you to work with your Windows or Mac computer to:

  • Interact with content at the board and from up to 33 feet away
  • Enter text in any open application using a standard QWERTY keyboard
  • Navigate, scroll and select using the provided touch pad
  • Use the laser pointer to draw attention to items in the interactive workspace

Here’s how North American customers can take advantage of this offer:

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  2. Contact a reseller and, when placing your order for eBeam Edge products, indicate you would like to take advantage of the eBeam Wireless Keyboard Back to School Offer.
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Cool Interactive Whiteboard Storytelling Lesson

I came across this awesome whiteboard lesson and felt that I just had to share it.  It allows students to use their imaginations and storytelling skills while incorporating several different kinds of technology in the classroom.  Pretty cool.  Take a look!

Interactive Whiteboards Enliven Storytelling

Students better absorb class content when they create their own books about it using technology.

Cari Orts teaches fifth grade at Spicewood Elementary School in Texas.
posted June 27, 2012

Research has shown that interactive whiteboards make the teaching and learning process far more engaging and often lead to better retention of the material presented. With these and other classroom technologies, students can become their own content publishers.

LESSON DESCRIPTION: This lesson helps students transform an ordinary picture into an animated I SPY–like book using an interactive whiteboard, a digital camera, a digital voice recorder, classroom computers and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Begin by asking students to select the items they wish to include in their picture. They can either bring small toys from home or choose classroom objects. Have students set up scenes with the objects they have selected and then use the camera to photograph their work. These pictures will serve as the basis for the stories students will write and then transform into interactive books complete with animation and audio. Their stories must mention eight items featured in the picture and follow the basic mechanics of good storytelling. Encourage students to pick one object that will serve as the story’s “main character,” introduce a problem that will propel the action and come up with a plot resolution that will leave readers feeling satisfied at the end, as any good story will do.

When all stories are approved, instruct students to pair off and read each other’s story into the voice recorder. Help students save their pictures and voice recordings on the classroom computers and then assemble their books using Microsoft PowerPoint. The slides students create should incorporate both their photos and their voice recordings.

Next, have students display their stories on the interactive whiteboard and draw circles around each item mentioned in the stories using PowerPoint’s drawing tools. Students may have to listen to the narrative multiple times to verify that they have circled all items that appear in the story. Once all items are circled, have students animate the circles using the Custom Animation tab in PowerPoint so the circles “fly” into view as they are mentioned in the story narrative.

Conclude the lesson by showing each PowerPoint story to the class using the interactive whiteboard and challenging students to locate all of the items that are mentioned in each one.

SUBJECT AREA: This lesson teaches writing and technology skills and can be adapted for any content area or grade level.

CURRICULUM STANDARDS: This lesson addresses oral fluency, story writing, ­sequencing and technology use requirements outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards established by the Texas Education Agency. It also fulfills several National Educational Technology Standards for Students developed by the International Society for Technology in Education.

RESOURCES:

GRADING RUBRIC: Students should be graded on their ability to read aloud with accuracy, expression and appropriate phrasing; their development of a story with correct sequencing, grammar and punctuation; and their use of the technologies needed to complete the assignment.

Teaching Tips

✔ Have students pick one object or item in their picture to serve as their book’s main character. This makes it easier for them to build a story.

✔ Teach students the basics of PowerPoint before beginning this lesson.

✔ Instead of using a mouse with the interactive whiteboard, have students move objects in their PowerPoint presentations with their hands for greater control over their story elements.

I found this article at http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2012/06/interactive-whiteboards-enliven-storytelling.

eBeam Technology Recommended by ZDNet

Of course, I’m not surprised, I think everyone familiar with eBeam technology should recommend it, but still it’s nice to see the good reviews!  This is also just a really great informative article for anyone in education who has the awesome responsibility of figuring out what to invest in with this year’s budget.  So, take a look, and then when you decide you need to purchase some eBeam products, come check out our great prices at our website http://www.shop.ebeamrocks.com/.  Remember to mention my blog, and receive an extra discount!

A summer IT buyer’s guide, Part 1: Hardware for K12 schools

By | June 14, 2012, 1:57pm PDT

Summary: This is the first of an eight-part series on our favorite thing to do during the summer: spend our budget before it gets cut!

The new academic fiscal year is upon us, many of our students have left for the summer, and all there is to keep school IT staff company is a stack of purchase orders and a few surly janitors. Some of the purchases were set in stone months ago, especially those related to infrastructure that are eligible for E-Rate reimbursement. Many others, though, are just loose requirements and guidelines. In this first part of an eight-part series on IT purchasing for the upcoming year, we’ll take a look at several bits of hardware that should be on everyone’s short lists for consideration. Software and service recommendations will be coming soon. Spend those budget lines on July 1st before the budgets get frozen and cut in October!

Hardware

No, the PC isn’t dead. It’s breathing is a bit shallow, it’s pulse a bit thready, but students still need to be able to sit down in front of something with a keyboard and monitor. They need to be able to write papers, produce videos, develop presentations, and much more. I’ve always been a fan of thin clients as substitutes for PCs in mainstream productivity settings and there are some very interesting options available. 1:1 is becoming a standard in districts that can afford it (although many are opting for tablets instead of laptops) and more than a few schools are discovering the joys of media labs with high end workstations. And if you didn’t tap E-Rate this year, there are still decisions to make about infrastructure to support all of that computing goodness.

PCs

I’m going to lump laptops, thin clients, desktops, and workstations together under the “Personal Computer” category. Here are my top picks:
Lenovo is growing fast as a PC provider for schools. Their laptops are durable (their Thinkpads are tanks built for enterprise applications, but can be pricey; both their IdeaPad and Essential lines are very solid, reasonably-priced choices for laptop carts and 1:1 applications). There are a variety of snappy choices that are small enough for primary grades and powerful enough for secondary students. Lenovo desktops, though not as well known as their laptop lines are also generally very cost-effective choices. I have yet to meet a Lenovo I don’t like. There are cheaper choices, but I’ve met plenty of Acers and their ilk that I definitely don’t like (or that don’t like the abuse students and teachers dish out). And even their new ultrabooks are within reach of many schools.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Intel’s Learning Series for K-8 applications. In particular, the Convertible Classmate is a great choice if students and teachers want a touch interface but tablets come out lacking in the way teachers want to use the machines. A strong ecosystem of related hardware and software for science, robotics, and more is readily available. Check out the Learning Series Page for vendors.

I’ve come to love workstations. They aren’t cheap, but if you’re interested in teaching professional content creation or allowing students to really explore design and multimedia, there is no better choice. These aren’t for 1:1; they’re for dedicated media labs or IT/graphics/design programs in vocational-technical schools and are powerful enough to ensure that students spend their time creating rather than waiting or avoiding software that chugs on mainstream PCs. My top picks are all from HP who have an incredibly comprehensive lineup.

I used the Z1 All-in-One workstation at an Adobe workshop a couple of weeks ago and was blown away by its performance and form factor. This thing begs to go in a computer lab. An Elitebook Mobile Workstation is my primary portable machine. It’s no ultrabook, but if you need serious multimedia power on a cart or as a 1:1 solution for students in appropriate voc-tech shops, it’s a great choice. Finally, their small form factor Z210s remain outstanding desktop workstations, particularly if you already have usable monitors and are just looking to upgrade hardware.

Thin clients remain great choices for increasing the PC footprint in a school inexpensively and in an easy-to-manage platform. Dell recently purchased Wyse and has a wide selection of everything from zero clients (essentially dumb windows into multi-user PC or server) to mobile “cloud PCs” for complete desktop experiences.

Userful isn’t as well-known but has several interesting Linux-based solutions for thin clients and multiuser computing. Their software can handle everything from desktop lockdown to computer and lab scheduling and students can have

Tablets

I hesitate to recommend tablets for most school settings because, too often, they’re gadgets rather than teaching tools. Too few people have taken the time to really develop good teaching models around them. And yet, tablets can be really compelling for young people and teachers alike. New apps are emerging all the time and interactive textbooks get better and more plentiful by the moment. So, regardless of the current state of teaching with tablets, I’m going to throw out two recommendations.

The iPad 3 has a brilliant display, a huge apps ecosystem, and is incredibly fast. It isn’t necessary for everyone and the last thing I want to see is taxpayer dollars giving 4th graders latest-generation iPads. That being said, the new iPad has powerful use cases for simulations, study resources, assessments, and more. And the display has the added benefit of being easier on the eyes for long periods of reading than any I’ve ever used.

In many cases, though, the Intel StudyBook represents a great choice for students of all ages. Science apps are included and accompanying hardware can be had from multiple vendors in the Intel Learning Series ecosystem. It’s not the fastest tablet and there’s no retina display, but it’s inexpensive, rugged, and already has learning models and tools built around it through Intel’s research and professional development.

Multimedia

Interactive whiteboards and projectors have become key pieces of instructional technology in many classrooms. Although too many function as glorified whiteboards or movie screening tools, there is a huge amount of content available, both from vendors and created by teachers that can guide their use in the classroom.

Vendors worth checking out? Luidia, Dell, and InFocus all deserve a look. Luidia in particular has rolled out some great tools to leverage tablets with their inexpensive hardware and software solutions.

This article was found at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/education/a-summer-it-buyers-guide-part-1-hardware-for-k12-schools/4918.