Thursday, May 26, 2011

Technology Showcase

Technology Integration Plan 

I teach several Elluminate sessions to CAVA and k12 students each month. I teach and moderate a live 5th grade Vocabulary class twice a week. I lead a live k12 International club once a month. I help lead CAVA's middle school Student council. I also teach several lessons for students in my class, which are usually sent to the families as a recording.

Technology is presented to these student, just by using Elluminate, primarily as their way to connect with their classmates and instructors. For several of my students this is the only way that they are able to "attend" school, as I have a few that have health issues that prevent attendance. For others Elluminates are great so that they can easily access their curriculum.

As I present the lessons on-line, I attempt, each time, to integrate other types of media to the students, beyond just the Power Point presentation. I occasionally use my webcam to say, 'Hello" to that we, the students and teacher are connecting on a personal level. I also use my webcam, on an occasion to show them items, such as a book, that demonstrates what I am teaching. Also, I often share links to websites in the chat box, to allow students to explore appropriate kid oriented sites that are relevant. I also share various short videos and music clips that help students to become engaged in the topic or as a source of discussion to start the class.

Within Elluminate I use many tools that help me to further integrate technology, such as voting tools and quizzing functions.

When I was in the B and M classroom, integrating technology used to mean, taking the time to take our kids to the computer lab and having them work on software that related to the curriculum. Later it meant that we were teaching and using our SmartBoard, projector and computer set-up and allowing students to interact with it and occasionally adding appropriate media from the internet to enhance our lessons. We are fortunate to work in such a setting that students have access to the technology and have become very acute at using it.

Google Forms

Teacher Evaluation form
    I created a "teacher evaluation form" using Google Docs. This is the first time that I have used this specific tool in Google Docs. I usually send a survey out my parents, but I use Survey Monkey instead. Survey monkey allows the creator to enable the survey taker to also comment, or elaborate, in addition to answer a multiple choice question.

    I have and will continue to use Google Docs for several other uses for my job. I like to be able to upload my documents for future storage and safety. I have also uploaded Power Point presentations. I use these uploads so that I can e-mail them to my families with less memory (by giving them a link to access it). I also have uploaded my PPs and used the HTML to post the presentation to my Blog on The Big Think.

    I would like to also use the calendar as a back-up for my current CAVA calendar. since loosing all of my calendar events last month when my outlook crashed, i think that this might be a great alternative. : )

    Google Tools- Lesson Plan

    Video Library

    I have listed various videos that I have used in my virtual classrooms.

    Video Enhanced Lesson Plan

    Here is my link to the lesson plan that I taught about luck:

    Scanvenger Hunt

    Figurative Language Cyberhunt

    Virtual Field Trip

    In Fourth grade, students start to learn about California History. Being able to see the various Missions and locations, students will learn more about their local history.

    Current Events 

    With recent natural disasters within the location titled the "Ring of Fire," 6th graders will learn about how these events occur, in connection with their Science lessons.

    Seasonal Lesson Plan

    In this lesson, students will explore the topic and concept of luck. They will discuss what it is and how to increase their own luck, to become more "lucky."

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