Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers
Technology has become an essential tool for teachers to use in the classroom. Using technology in the classroom allows teachers to explore new and exciting methods of instruction and learning beyond lecturing. Slide shows such as those made in Power Point help students understand the lessons they are being taught. The Internet is full of useful, interactive websites that can enhance classroom lessons. Students also need to learn to use technology to research projects and papers and to socialize and communicate with others.
Integrating Technology Workshops
A number of workshops and articles are available that explain why it is useful for teachers to use technology in the classroom. Many workshops are easy to understand and feature a lot of visual aids. The workshops show teachers and students how to use email, word processing software, and how to create blogs, among other information. Workshops also show how using technology encourages learning.
- Cool Tools - A week-long "camp" with information on a variety of computer-based and Internet-based learning opportunities, from building a wiki, a blog, or simply learning to use word processing software.
- Tips for Digital Storytelling - An article explaining how to use digital storytelling in the classroom. It demonstrates the process of creating a story with students and explains how it is useful.
- 50 Ways to Use Technology - A list of ways students can use technology in classroom projects, with or without the supervision of their teachers.
- Strategies for Managing Students on One Computer - Advice on how to successfully use technology in a classroom with a single or limited number of computers. Also includes tips on using the computer with a projection screen and advice on how to make it a fun project for students.
- Whole Class Activities - Examples of activities a teacher can use with a single computer and projection screen.
- Personal Educational Press - Resource that lets teachers and students build flashcards and quizzes on a variety of subjects.
- Tips for Using Common Technology Tools for Teaching - Simple tips explaining how to effectively use slide shows, email, and student web pages in the classroom.
- Note Star - Online tool to help students and teachers create and organize research projects and papers.
- Econ-O-Mania - A web quest for early elementary students. The quest teaches students about economics in an interactive way.
- French Speaking Countries Webquest - Web quest for students studying a foreign language. Students use the Internet to research a country and prepare a presentation on it.
WWW and Computer Education in the Classroom
The web is a wonderful tool for students in the classroom. Students can use the Internet to find information for a project or paper. The web also provides a place for students to create documents and files and to store those files. Online games help students learn in a fun and engaging manner.
- The I-Search Unit - An online project that allows students to write papers or complete projects following four basic steps.
- History Scene Investigators - Fun, interactive game that teaches young students about history.
- Design a Planet - Interactive game from NASA that lets students use information they've learned to create a plant able to sustain life.
- Map Maker - A tool teachers and students can use in the classroom to study geography and to create maps.
- Journey North - An interactive tool that lets students track the migration of butterflies and birds.
- Square of Life Project - A collaborative project designed for elementary school students that encourages them to check out their local environment. Information the students find is shared with other students across the world.
- Carrot Sticks - A math game designed for multiple players. The game is free for using in classroom during the school day.
- Kid Blog - Blogging tool that lets students and teachers create a classroom blog.
- Math Frog - A collection of math games for students in fourth grade.
- File Security (PDF) - Tips and advice for students and teachers using computers on keeping private data safe and secure.
Learning with Power-Points
Powerpoint presentations let students visualize a teacher's lecture. Adding sound or animation to a slide show keeps kids' attention. The slide show presentations also help them to take notes, as each slide usually has a list of key points. Powerpoint is also a great tool for students to use when presenting projects to the rest of the class.
- Meeting PowerPoint - Illustrated and engaging instructions explaining how to use Powerpoint.
- Using PowerPoint in the Classroom - Suggestions for teachers on how to use PowerPoint to make classroom activities fun and interactive.
- PowerPoint Templates - Samples of templates teachers and students can use to create fun slide shows.
- Homemade PowerPoint Games - Templates for games using PowerPoint that students or teachers can build for use in the classroom.
- Using PowerPoint in the Classroom - Slide show explaining benefits and uses of PowerPoint in class for both students and teachers.
- Ten Ways to Get Beyond PowerPoint with Classroom Projectors - Ten fun ideas for classroom activities that make use of a projection screen without the need for a slide show.
- Adding Animation to a PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) -Explains how to add animations to a slide show. It also discusses the pros and cons of doing so.
- PowerPoint Games - A list of PowerPoint games, such as racing and trivia games, for use in the classroom.
- ESL PowerPoint Games - PowerPoint games designed to help students learn English as a second language.
- Fun With Fragments - A PowerPoint that teaches students about sentence construction.
Internet Resources for All Subjects
The Internet is full of resources for any school subject, from reading to math and science. Students can find games and tutorials online that will help them better understand classroom lessons. Teachers can use these games to keep students engaged during a lecture. The Internet also allows students to communicate with and share information with students from other states or countries.
- Global Grocery List - Students around the world collect and share information about the price of groceries in their area. The list is a useful tool for social studies classes.
- Great Economics Lessons - List of fun lessons in economics for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.
- Star Child - Resource from NASA to teach young students about astronomy.
- Weekly Reader - Weekly magazine that asks students from pre-kindergarten through high school questions. Students can write in responses.
- Diamante Poems - Interactive tutorial that teaches students about writing poetry.
- My Story Maker - Web-based tool that lets students create an illustrated story.
- Math Drill - Interactive math problems ranging from basic addition to algebra.
- Net Frog 2002 - An interactive tool that lets students virtually dissect a frog.
- Fun Facts About Presidents - A list of interesting facts about US presidents designed to engage students.
- Basket Math - Math drills for grades four through ten.