This page contains examples, educational software/tools, articles/research/resources, and Standards.


Examples

"**Global SchoolNet's** mission is to support 21st century learning. We engage teachers and students in meaningful project learning exchanges with people around the world to develop literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. We prepare youth for full participation as productive and effective citizens in an increasing global economy." For current projects visit their Internet Projects Registry


Collaborative Projects "The list below contains specific data collection projects that teachers and their students may become a part of. Some of these projects may have been completed, but they can be used as a model for your own projects."


**Discovery Education** offers many resources for teachers including Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators. (There's even a New Teacher Survival Central.)


"The **EAST Initiative** is a nonprofit organization that provides new ways of learning for modern students. EAST focuses on student-driven service projects through the use of the latest in technology....EAST's focus, however, is not on technology itself, but on the unique learning environment of the EAST classroom. In EAST, students are responsible for creating their own lesson plans....For more information on the EAST Initiative, including details on our training methods, our history, our industry partners, and the recognition our programs have received, please visit our introductory site EASTInitiative.org." (Thanks, Marcia, for this great site!)


Web Opening New Classroom Doors "Online teaching tools catching on in traditional schools" JSOnline Posted: Dec. 13, 2007

In Learning in High Definition read video conferencing in the classroom.

Computer software helping students' reading

Technology Counts 2008 (March 27, 2008) STEM: The Push to Improve Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology

Digital Tools Push Math, Science to New Levels

Wired Learning: Computerized classrooms are redefining education This article looks at how schools have implemented one-to-one computing. For more information about Lemon Grove School District and Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS) see Case Studies on the Research(ers) page.

Special Report: eSchools Work! highlights "stories from the eSchool News archives that document such ed-tech achievements and the research that validates them" (p. 2).

Read the Digital game-based learning article which discusses using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) games to enhance learning. The article references Social Impact Games which states, "The goal of this site is to catalog the growing number of video and computer games whose primary purpose is something other than to entertain."

INTIME “can help you integrate technology into your classroom. Watch the online video vignettes featuring PreK–12 teachers who have integrated technology into their classrooms using many different teaching strategies. INTIME is supported by a three-year grant from the United States Department of Education's PT3 program (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology).”




Educational Software/Tools:

**Mind Mapping** examples and links to software such as Kidspriation and Inspiration..

**What Web 2.0 tools are teachers using NOW?** (This is from the Cool Cat Teacher blog by Vicki Davis, a wonderful resource for teachers looking for information of how to integrate technology.) "The overwhelming winners: voicethread, wikispaces, and Google Docs. although there are some others like Skype and Moodle. Several new ones need a look including two cell phone information services textmark and Gabcast. (My answers would be wikispaces and Ning both of which offer advertising free services to educators.)"

**Just for Teachers** is created by Mrs. Sheftel who writes, "Throughout the past few years, I have found a few sites that have been very helpful for teaching. I have links all over my wiki to many of these sites but below you will find the actual web address and how I have used them in the classroom or how I plan on using them this upcoming year." (Thanks for the resource, Pam!)

Are looking for a resource to integrate technology in your classroom? Then why recreate the wheel? Elaine Habernig is a technology resource person for her school. She uses her wiki to post the resources that she shares with teachers. There are some amazing links all in one place. She has done the searching for you and even has tutorials posted to help. (Great resource, Becky!)

Florida Educational Technology Conference 2009 This wiki was created by Marian University instructors that attended the conference to share resources and information.

For more advanced tools visit JakesOnline. "This site is dedicated to using the tools of the digital age to advance pedagogical practice and student learning. Please explore the Communication, Collaboration and Collection sections of this site to access 21st Century ideas, tools, and resources."

Hyper about HyperStudio (Website shared by DP. Thanks!) This is a great tutorial about HyperStudio that could be used to teach students about the program. Hyperstudio is like PowerPoint for younger kids. Students create cards (like a PowerPoint slide) that together make a stack (like a PowerPoint presentation). The cards aren't necessarily shown in sequential order. There may be a card that has choices A, B, and C. The viewer can click on the A button to go to one card, or the B button to go to another, etc. The graphics are fun and the students benefit from organizing their ideas in a non-linear way.


Learning.com offers the following web-enhanced instruction:
-->EasyTech — the solution for integrating technology into core curriculum
-->TechLiteracy Assessment — the solution to measuring and reporting proficiency
-->Aha!Math — web-enhanced math curriculum

The work of MIT's Media Lab has led to some amazing learning tools. The Logo Blocks project from Lifelong Kindergarten led to Lego Mindstorms and PicoCrickets which can be used to teach higher order thinking skills to elementary students which were previously taught only at the university level. (See Papert and Resnick in the Leaders section on the Research(ers) page for related info.) The Toy Symphony is "an international music performance and education project that empowers children and adults alike, giving realization to modes of musical creativity and expression through the use of new concepts and technologies." Hyperscore is a related software "that lets anyone compose music. The first music software program designed to teach students and adults how to compose music simply by drawing lines on the screen."

TeacherTube Like YouTube but for teachers.

SmartBoard resources: Engaging Learners the SmartBoard Way , Notebook software lesson activities (Thanks to Jenny and Becky for the links!)
Inexpensive alternative to a SmartBoard: Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote


Articles/Research/Resources:

Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum from futurelab

Technology, Teaching, and Learning from TeacherTap


YouthLearn offers "resources and tools to help you create learning programs enhanced with technology."

Ed tech is raising student achievement See the Research section on the Research(ers) page for more indepth information.

Public wants more tech in classrooms "Americans especially realize the importance of adopting information technology to upgrade schools, connect communities, and improve educational content, the report suggests--but they're often conflicted about how to implement these changes....One point the panelists did agree on: Educational technology should be uniformly integrated across all schools and districts--and more funding is needed to achieve this goal" (pp. 1-2).


New Teacher and Student Roles in the Technology-Supported Classroom "This paper examines how a range of technologies support teacher and student practices and contribute to a transformation in their traditional roles. Three new roles for students were identified: self-learner, team member, and knowledge manager. The new teacher roles found were: instructional designer; trainer; collaborator; team coordinator; advisor; and monitoring and assessment specialist. The new roles of both students and teachers are often associated with project-based or inquiry learning. The relationship of technology innovations in instruction to these new roles is discussed."

Support Builds for Teaching New Technology Skills An article about hopefully including 21st Century Skills in NCLB.

Technology Briefs for No Child Left Behind Planners

The EdTech Action Network "provides a forum for educators and others to engage in the political process and project a unified voice in support of a common cause – improving teaching and learning through the systemic use of technology." The links for Why Technology in Schools and Ed Tech and Student Achievement provide an abundance of resources.

Read the flip side in The Human Touch which examines the limitations of technology in education.
Tech Tonic: Towards a New Literacy of Technology "challenges education standards and industry assertions that all teachers and children, from preschool up, should use computers in the classroom to develop technology literacy. That expensive agenda ignores evidence that high-tech classrooms have done little if anything to improve student achievement, the report says...Tech Tonic is a follow-up to the Alliance’s widely noted 2000 report Fool’s Gold."



Standards

Information & Technology Literacy Standards by Wisconsin's Department of Instruction

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) by the International Society for Technology in Education (iste) On the left side of the NETS page there are some great links, including: NETS for Students, NETS for Teachers, and NETS for Administrators.

Most States Have Technology Standards for Teachers (Sept 17, 2008)