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Technology Integration

Technology Integration

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The kids are all but unfamiliar with technology. These days this is what they love. Why not incorporate into your lesson. Makes it easier for you and the students.

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Microsoft TeachTec's picture
Microsoft TeachTec
Microsoft Education

Great discussion here about the use of technology in the classroom.

I noticed Movie Maker was metnioned as a potential tool - so I thought I would share the teacher guides and videos from Microsoft for using Movie Maker and other free tools.

Free tools Teacher Guide
Includes tips, tricks and ideas for using free software and online tools.
Free software downloads and online tools include: AutoCollage, Worldwide Telescope, Photosynth, Songsmith, Photo Story for Windows XP, Office Live Workspace, Windows Live SkyDrive, Bing Search, Bing Maps, Bing Translator.

Windows Live Movie Maker Teacher Guide
Tips and tricks for using video in the classroom.


techlady's picture

[quote]Is there anyone on here that created a classroom webpage? I would like to know whats the best hosting site and which ones are the most inexpensive ones to use. Classroom websites are a great tool as well so that students always stay abreast and can communicate with you as well as always knowing what to do and when it's due. So, please let me know what you know.[/quote]

I currently teach a course on technology integration to pre-service teachers. As a part of that course, we create classroom websites using Google Sites. As long as it is not blocked by your schools filter, this is a great, easy, free place to get started in creating a classroom website. It integrates so well with all of the Google apps, such as Google docs, Picasa, and Blogger. If it is blocked, I've heard a lot of good things about Weebly. It's also free (I'm all about what you can use for free - esp. for educators)

Kathleen A. Scanlon-Desio's picture
Kathleen A. Scanlon-Desio
Parent of 2 elementary school students in Baldwin, NY

[quote]Hello, Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.

I found a site to create my classroom website. My students were so excited when I told them about the new website. They went home and they had so much fun on the site and they tell me how much they love it everyday. They are able to go on the site and talk to each other, view there homework for the week, look at pictures from school (with their parents permission of course) and they can read all the news (new happenings). Its such a great tool. Im really happy about it.

What I want to know is about the skyping part. How can you do that? It sounds exciting. Please give me more information on how that is possible to do.


Thanks for the share! I forwarded the site info to my sons' 4th grade and 2nd grade teacher. They are starting to integrate technology in our elementary school, including smart boards, but they need to address the creating element and engage the kids. The potential is endless!

Andy Goldstein's picture

In our Technology Education classes, students have experienced themselves as authors, who create and illustrate their own stories. They've constructed their own hardcover books. They've experienced themselves as digital meaning makers, by then creating e-books in PowerPoint or Flash from their story and illustrations. They've burned these ebooks onto CDs and created a cover and label for the case cover and CD. Then they've posted their ebooks online. You can view one such ebook, "A Trip to the Beach," here.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher


What a great resource! Thanks so much for sharing. This is a wonderful way to engage learners, further develop their literacy skills, and use technology in the process. I'm a huge proponent of project based learning and this is something I will look at in the future.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Microsoft TeachTech,

Thanks for the resources! I have bookmarked them and will definitely refer back if I need help on Movie Maker.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Thanks for your input, Ginny. It's great that you all have shared your insight and experiences with creating class websites. It gives people like me (who haven't tried it yet) an idea of what to expect in the process.

Jeremy Neff's picture

I teach Technology in a computer lab to students in grades 3-5. Lessons often start at which features a spectacular digital image every day with 4 embedded links immediately connecting to related sites. Friday's photo took us to a presentation featuring underwater video 2 miles below the ocean. Another great site is You type in any subject and it collects a 6-sided cube of related information. You end up with lots of links in less than a minute and watching the cube take form is fascinating.

Jeremy Neff's picture

A good search engine for elementary students is It has links to many subjects, all at child-safe sites.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher


Thanks for sharing these search engines. I get nervous with bing and google and find that these sites are more filtered. I will definitely make use of these for our future research projects.

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