This module about the digital microscope is meant for use either after completing the project-based learning and technology integration modules or with participants familiar with these topics of interest. The module is designed for a two- to three-hour online learning session for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers. It can also be used in conjunction with technology for teacher training sessions in classroom settings.
Part One, Guided Process, is designed to give participants a brief introduction to using the digital microscope. It answers these questions: What is special about the digital microscope? How do you use the digital microscope? and How can the digital microscope be used in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms?
Part Two, Group Participation, assigns readings and activities to expand the use of the digital microscope and related articles about using technology in the classroom. Ideally, the tasks will be accomplished using group collaboration and with the use of technology. The PowerPoint® presentation found in the Resources section can be used to introduce the module, or it can be used as a stand-alone presentation.
The following ISTE NETS Standards have been addressed in this module:
- Technology Operations and Concepts
- Demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students).
- Demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies.
- Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences
- Design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners.
- Apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.
- Plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities.
- Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum
- Facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.
- Apply technology to develop students' higher order skills and creativity.
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Apply technology in assessing student learning of subject matter using a variety of assessment techniques.
- Apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students' appropriate use of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity.
To find out the specific standards for your state visit emTech's Web site that links to all state departments of education.
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Acknowledgements: Author: Dana Cotter, M.A. GLEF extends thanks for reviewing this module for content and usability to Dr. Peggy Benton, professor, PT3 grant director and advisor, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.