Technology Integration Related Tags: Classroom Technology More Related Discussions Shamina Gilmore , Elementary School teacher from Miami, FL. Posted 01/13/2010 8:28AM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 46 Replies 882 Views 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. Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 46 Share Comments (46 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 1/15/2010 4:10pm Betty RayDirector of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia Staff Hi Shamina - Thanks for your post. I (and others, I'm sure) would love to hear some specifics on how you incorporate technology into your lessons. Anything you can share? thanks! betty Sign in to vote! Posted 1/19/2010 8:18am Shamina GilmoreElementary School teacher from Miami, FL. The way I incorporate technology into my lessons are to create lesson plans that will have the students to use powrpoint or windows movie maker to do their assignments. Most students are familiar with the applications and some are not which means that you will have to do a brief lesson on the application of choice. Once that is done the students can begin on their projects. I also like to use this website called pppst.com (pete's powerpoint station). This is the best thing since sliced bread. It is a site that has pre-made powerpoint lessons created by other teachers that you can use in class and saves you a lot of time. We use smartboards in the class and there are a plethora of interative websites that you can use in the classroom with the students as a learning tool. The students absolutely love it and so do I. I would love to branch out more and incorporate more technology like using the IPODs for pod casts however, everyone is not fortunate to have one but, maybe in the near future schools will realize the importance of using or including the technology that the children utilize at home. That way the students are not penalized for bringing them to school. We could use them as an educational tool. Technology is not going anywhere at all. On the contrary, it is becoming more and more vast. So we all need to embrace the fact that in the 21st century, this is what our children of tomorrow are going to need skills in. If not, we are putting them at a big disadvantage. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/19/2010 12:53pm Betty RayDirector of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia Staff Thanks for elaborating, Shamina. These are great. Would love to hear other examples of how folks are doing this. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/22/2010 5:23pm Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. 2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher Great examples, Shamina! I am also a fan of pppst.com. I use their foreign language presentations to teach K-6th Spanish. Since I have a Smartboard, I also love to download video streams from DiscoveryEducation.com. I have found some wonderful clips that illustrate the history and culture of various Spanish-speaking countries. Since these clips are all in English, they can be easily incorporated into a social studies curriculum. In my experience with technology, I have also found that once you teach students how to use a specific program and its applications, you can integrate technology into most assignments. I am a huge proponent of project based learning, where my students can create products to illustrate what they have learned. As a final project for a family unit, I had students create a digital photo album and label pictures they brought from home in Spanish. They were also required to present their album in the target language. My students prefer these kinds of projects and I am looking for new ways to utilize technology. My next major project is to organize an e-pal project where my students can electronically correspond with students in a Spanish-speaking countries and to video conference with that group students. Can anyone recommend reliable e-pal sites? Sign in to vote! Posted 1/22/2010 8:08pm J.LanceThird grade teacher from Morton, Pennsylvania Used Discovery education for Martin Luther King Day-watched "I have a dream speech." The children wrote what Martin Luther King's dream was and how they could keep it alive.... This also led to a discussion about history--Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln etc.... Sign in to vote! Posted 1/24/2010 7:35am Karen Sonner I think there are so many ways to get students involved in the technology use. I, too, have a SmartBoard and I create and use a lot of lessons. 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