Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals.

Many people believe that technology-enabled project learning is the ne plus ultra of classroom instruction. Learning through projects while equipped with technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the modern office looks like. Through projects, students acquire and refine their analysis and problem-solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find, process, and synthesize information they've found online.

The myriad resources of the online world also provide each classroom with more interesting, diverse, and current learning materials. The Web connects students to experts in the real world and provides numerous opportunities for expressing understanding through images, sound, and text.

New tech tools for visualizing and modeling, especially in the sciences, offer students ways to experiment and observe phenomenon and to view results in graphic ways that aid in understanding. And, as an added benefit, with technology tools and a project-learning approach, students are more likely to stay engaged and on task, reducing behavioral problems in the classroom.


Go Global: Online Destinations for International Collaboration


Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet: A resource guide developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were prepared as part of the U.S. Department of Education's International Education Initiative.

Global Education Collaborative: A social-networking site for educators interested in promoting global awareness.

Global SchoolNet: A site that engages teachers and students in project learning exchanges with people around the world to develop literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness, and create multicultural understanding.

Flattening the Classroom:

Flat Classroom Project that started by connecting an international school in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with an American school in Camilla, Georgia, and has since expanded into many collaborative projects that bring together over 5,000 students in more than 30 countries around the world.

Conceived by teachers Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay (who had never met face-to-face until a year after they began working together), today’s Flat Classroom Projects charge a small fee – $50 for fifteen students per year, with $3.50 for each additional student – but this fee can be waived if a participating teacher volunteers for the project ("we call this ‘sweat equity,’" says Vicki Davis). Flat Classroom sister projects have sprung up over the past few years, too, including the NetGenEd project, the Digiteen project, and Eracism.

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Classroom Technology Examples




Here are some examples of how teachers in elementary, middle, and high school have adapted technology to meet their own curriculum needs.

You Can't Be My Teacher: If you don't know the internet you can't be my teacher, I need someone who knows what I know. Meet me on the web, at least half way.
Alternatives to Writing: Create a YouTube video: See this example from a third grader as an alternative to a writing assignment.
Alternatives to Writing: Create a Video Podcast for an Author Study Project
Alternatives to Science Lab Homework: Create a Voicethread of a Science Experiment
Ain't Gonna Hold Us Back Award Winners
I Like Big Binders: High School Teachers Remix Rap to encourage students to keep a binder for his class

CONTENT AREA BLOGS




School Wikis:


MIDDLE SCHOOL WIKI EXAMPLES:

ELEMENTARY EXAMPLES

HIGH SCHOOL WIKIS


TEACHER PD WIKI



Interactive Online Resources To Engage Students with Content


BIG LIST OF CONTENT SPECIFIC WEB2.0 TOOLS


MATH

HISTORY


SOCIAL STUDIES NETWORK
EDSITEment
Internet History Sourcebooks

Timeline of Art History

History Channel

History News Network

ENGLISH/LITERATURE

SCIENCE

FOREIGN LANGUAGE



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