General technology in the classroom links
Education World has a site devoted to assisting teachers in technology issues. From interactivity and technology tools information to current articles and technology WebQuests, Education World has answers to a teacher's technical questions.
Education World's Archives gives teachers access to a huge database of articles that address issues such as turning a one-computer classroom into a positive teaching and learning experience, 19 easy (and painless) activities to integrate technology into your daily routine, how to teach the skill of Internet searching, and how to publish student writing on the web.
Literacy and Technology was created by Dr. Joyce Hinkson, an educator from California, to help teachers and students use technology and the internet to promote literacy.
Classroom Connect provides resources and online instructional materials for teachers.
NEA's Technology in schools has the results of studies on kids and technology use.
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Integrating Technology in the Classroom is the electronic version of the ENC Focus issue on that topic.
New Century School House revolutionizes the "desks-in-a-row, teacher-at-the-podium' style of teaching and learning, and prepares it for the 21st century. This site describes itself as "an open canvas for cutting edge ideas" in order to prepare students for a future that could be real-life science fiction.
The Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project, Project-Based Learning with Multimedia has curriculum and activities, classroom examples and a listserv where teachers can interact about multimedia-based education.
The following are areas of technology you can explore for additional information on how to successfully incorporate each into your classroom.
Blogs -- web logs -- are online journals that can be used to motivate students (kids love blogging) and give them an opportunity to improve communication skills and practice writing. Blogs can be about anything, from personal diaries to class assignments to fiction or poetry.
Blogger.com students can create blogs free.
SchoolBlogs.com maintains that blogs have almost limitless potential to support teaching and enhance learning and lets students create a weblog free.
Blogging Basics from Education World has blogging details, from best topics for classroom blogs to how to set up blogs.
Web Logg is all about the practical use of blogs in education. The site also features a huge list of Web Log Resources.
Blogideas gets you started in incorporating blogs into the classroom.
Chalkwaves is a service that provides instructional media, digital content and professional development to classrooms through desktop computers. Soon, schools in Ohio will be taking part in experiments with this service.
Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Classroom Applications has a list of ideas on how you can use a digital camera in the classroom.
Storytelling web site provides support for teachers looking to bring video into the classroom.
Electronic Portfolios provide a collection of student work, on an ongoing basis, that shows effort, progress and achievement.
EdWeb has an online article by Yolanda Abrenica that provides more information on this student-based assessment tool.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology sees Electronic Portfolios as an "exciting educational innovation."
Scholastic Online shows how electronic portfolios can be a great way to evaluate a student's progress.
Portfolios Online shows examples of student portfolios, links to online resources, and articles about Electronic Portfolios.
HyperStudio is an authoring application that has been in the classroom for a number of years. The software is inexpensive, easy to use and can be upgraded as new versions come out. HyperStudio can incorporate video, sound, graphics and hyperlinks to enhance a lesson and communicate ideas through technology.
HyperStudio Guide has been developed by Linda Acocelli to provide direction, information and ideas for teachers.
Building Learning with Technology site has a tutorial on HyperStudio.
Teachers-connect.net features advanced HyperStudio tips.
Prince Charles Public School has a great multimedia and HyperStudio link page for teachers.
The ITV Dictionary provides more information than you would ever want to know on Interactive Television.
MOO (multiuser object-oriented)
MOO is an acronym for "multiuser object-oriented" environment, such as chat rooms.
Diversity University's Rainbow MOO was the first MOO designed for classroom use.
Educational MOO provides a description and additional information on educational MOO.
Educational Technology: Educational VR has a list of sites for teachers who may be interested in using this technology with their students.
Online Mentoring shows that experts no longer have to visit the classroom to benefit students. For example, in the Ohio Reading Road Trip project, students can Write to a Writer to get answers to their questions and first-hand information from authors on the writing experience.
Electronic Emissary is a web-based telementoring service and resource center at the University of Texas that helps teachers and students with Internet access locate mentor/experts in various fields.
Virtual Volunteering provides examples of online mentoring, information on implementing this type of program, addresses safety issues, and shows how to make e-mail communications effective.
PeakLearn is a web site where teachers can find links to mentors and teaching information that's available around the clock.
PowerPoint is easy to use presentation software developed by Microsoft. It's also a tool to help students move beyond the average report or paper.
Internet4Classrooms has an awesome Microsoft PowerPoint tutorial site, with everything from basic to more detailed slide shows, integration ideas and presentations you can download or use as templates.
Building Learning with Technology also features a tutorial on PowerPoint.
Education World presents "Creating a Class PowerPoint Presentation," which details step-by-step instructions on how plan, prepare and produce a good PowerPoint presentation.
Internet Safety is important to keep students from stumbling onto inapproriate material, protect student privacy and keep confidential information from being disclosed.
Danger Online! Educating Kids and Parents About Internet Safety offers steps teachers and parents can take to protect students and educate them about potential dangers.
The Internet Safety Debate takes a look at arguments for filtering Internet content (keeps students from viewing pornography and undesirable language) and teachers who disagree with use of this software (blocks legitimate sites and sometimes porn sites slip through).
Scanners are relatively inexpensive technology items that can enhance student creativity with classroom assignments. Even text can be scanned and converted for use in word processing documents.
Scanning Tips will get you started in the classroom.
desktoppublishing.com has a list of links that supplies information on scanning and ways to incorporate scanners into the classroom.
Videoconferences allow a number of classrooms to connect with each other, or with an expert thousands of miles away.
Meet an Author shows how experts can be "brought into the school or classroom" quite inexpensively.
Videoconferencing for Educators offers an introduction to the technology, along with planning information and tips for classroom use.
Videoconferencing for Learning is an excellent resource for anything you need to know about the technology of videoconferencing.
The Global Schoolhouse is dedicated to providing opportunities for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate on projects through classroom conferencing.
TV-type production can be a motivating factor in a classroom, improve student storytelling skills, and help students learn about topics not only to produce a video but also as "teachers" showing the video to their classmates.
Digital Storytelling shows how video production "makes students better communicators." Video production can help students understand real-world application in organization skills and planning.
"Videography for Educators," is a site that features information on defining the project, planning, and assessing effective videos. The site is provided by Digital Video in Education, which also has a page for students to help them plan and produce a successful project.
WebQuests can be found on the web, or teachers can create their own for students. A WebQuest, as defined by the creator, is an inquiry-oriented activity in which the students get information from resources on the internet. This information can also be supplemented with video or audio conferencing.
"Tips for Creating Your Own WebQuests" is a "techtorial" on how to create your own WebQuests.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators has a page of links for WebQuest information.