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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Technology Integration Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for integrating technology tools in the classroom.

Edutopia.org's Technology Integration professional development guide is meant for use either after completion of the Project-Based Learning Guide or with participants who are familiar with project-based learning. The guide is designed for a two- to three-hour class or session. It can be used in conjunction with trainings on technology used in classroom settings.

Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to technology integration. It answers the questions "Why is technology integration important?" and "What is technology integration?"

Students prepare a day ahead for Ben Franklin Broadcast News by downloading images to be used as backdrops for the credits.

Credit: Kathleen Duxbury

The Resources for Tech Integration page includes a PowerPoint presentation (including presenter notes), which can be shown directly from the website or downloaded for use as a stand-alone slide show, and sample session schedules. You will also find recommended websites, books, and additional videos to learn more about technology integration in this section.

This guide was designed to address many of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

To find the specific standards for your state, visit this page at Education World that lists standards by academic subject and by state.

Continue to the next section of the guide, Why Do We Need to Integrate Technology?


Acknowledgments: This module was written by technology-integration specialist Marian Shaffner. The Foundation extends its thanks to the following people who reviewed this module for content and usability: Peggy Benton, PhD, professor, former PT3 grant director and adviser, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; Patsy Lanclos, Apple Distinguished Educator, Smithsonian Laureate, Palm Education training coordinator/provider, Houston, Texas; Mimi Bisson, PT3 grant technology trainer, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; Elaine Wrenn, technology coordinator, Echo Horizon School, Culver City, California.

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Janice Rolon's picture
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I agree that learning to type is an important skill in being able to write more effectively on the computer. A person can think more about what he/she wants to write when they don't have to spend time searching for where the keys are to type. I teach 4th grade and one of the standards is for them to learn to keyboard. We have a program for them to learn from but unfortunately they only have 15 minutes per week on the program. Thanks for the idea of a before/after school program.

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I agree with a lot of the other postings that typing is an important life skill that needs to be taught at an early age.

I wanted to share a technology tool that I started using with my 10th grade Biology students this year. I use the website www.flashcardexchange.com to create review flashcards for my students. The students love being able to study on the computer. After I made the flashcards for the first couple of tests, students were asking "when are you going to post the next test's flashcards?" several days before the test. I was stunned that they were even considering studying before the night before the test!! The site is free (although you do get more tools if you pay a one-time membership fee). I have a link on my teacher web page that takes my students to all of the flashcard sets I have created. I do print out copies of the flashcards for the students who do not have internet access.

I am interested in finding other FREE websites that allow teachers to create online review games or quizzes. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with these types of sites?

Beth S's picture
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This is indeed a burning question. I teach third grade. I see children hunting and pecking. I have wondered when typing skills are taught--if ever. I am grateful to have had typing--two years--in high school. I am not comfortable with typing numbers--at top or on number key pad. I manage; I have adapted. I agree with you that we become as productive and/or fast as is needed. Your letter (http://historyofeducation.blogspot.com) made me realize that the importance of using technology as a tool outweighs learning correct keyboarding skills. (I am amazed at how quickly children can text message. I cannot compete.)

Computer time is precious--often limited--due to inadequate resources. In our classroom, my 20 students and I share three computers. The students get one forty-five minute lab period each week--so that is about 30 minutes weekly and about 18 hours a year. There is no time for keyboarding skills.

You clearly dissect the questions. Truly, where is the time needed to teach keyboarding? What can we give up, at which educational level, in order to teach this skill? There is no easy solution.

That is good advice to use software like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing or other at http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Software/Educational/Typing/. I had used the Mavis software on an older computer (not on the network), but alas it died. Even with limited time, my students enjoyed being able to "play" (their word) and learn keyboarding skills. Thank you for giving other options for parents and educators.

Beth

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This site, eduTecher.org, is an amazing resource for teachers and students alike. It offers over 500 links to valuable websites and is truly helpful for all educators.

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I agree! I love that it is a one stop 'shopping' site for current articles and resources as well as a blogging site. Brilliant!

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I don't know of any elementary schools that employ certified business teachers to teach keyboarding. And, of course by the time students reach the secondary level they've developed terrible keyboarding habits. As a teacher/library media specialist, I introduce keyboarding knowledge in kindergarten by teaching students that there is a left side and a right side of the keyboard. The right hand is used for letters/number on the right side, the left hand for the left side. I use a permanent marker (black or silver) to draw a line on the keyboards of all 26 computers in my room to separate the two. They pick it up quickly. This way they don't develop the hunt and peck method before official keyboarding instruction begins in third grade. It makes a world of difference.

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Try using www.quizlet.com. You will love this great vocabulary site if you like the flash card site. Quizlet was created by a 17 yr. old for learning vocabulary the ways kids learn today. The games, practice quizzes and tests, and the sharing features make it one of my favorites!

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I used to get hung-up on the "typing/keyboarding" issue myself - I think everyone old enough to have had typing class in elementary school might get a little hung-up on this issue for a bit. After observing how quickly my student adapted to keyboarding without instruction - I got over it. However, anyone that remains concerned - check out "StickyBear" it's a fun keyboarding tutorial that you can just throw into the basket for any free time - It's kind of a competition mindset - my students love it.
Deanna:)

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Thank you for sharing! I found this site to be very helpful and added it to my favorites!

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Thanks for sharing. I will use this with my students!

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