Technology Integration Strategies

What IS technology integration anyways?
Does it include when the teacher uses a projector to display an important website? Is it using the document camera to show the answers to last night's math homework? Current technology standards define technology integration as "teachers using technology to enhance learning for K-12 students in meaningful learning environments." The Technology Matrix provides a framework for evaluating not only who (teacher or student) is using the technology, but the level at which its use is transforming instruction and learning.

AZ Technology Standards with Implementation Guides
The state of Arizona revised its technology standards in 2009. They now include guides for teachers across all grades and subject areas as to how one might meet a particular technology standard in math, science, language arts, music, art, social studies, and other content areas. Meeting technology standards is not just the responsibility of the tech teacher!

AZ Technology Integration Matrix
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-oriented. The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e. entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments.

Technology Resource Portal
Learning a new piece of educational software? This portal contains links to tutorials and videos about most any software you might want to use in your classroom. In addition, the site has links to resources for all 9-12 subject areas, with lesson plans, interactive sites, and more.

SKYPE in the Classroom
You may already be familiar with SKYPE as an internet calling tool, but now you can locate classrooms around the world to link with on various forms of global connections. Collaborate on projects, connect with other teachers, discover new teaching inspiration. It's all free!

Cool Tools for Schools
This site compiles and organizes as many Web 2.0 tools as you can think of for use in K-12 classrooms. Web 2.0 tools are free online programs that allow the user (teacher or student) to create content within the application. The learning curve is usually an easy one. What a great way to meet your content objectives!

Free Clip Art & Images
Search through this site for high quality images and clip art that you may use in your documents or have students use in their projects.

Google Treks
Google Treks allows teachers and student to synthesize information in one easy-to-use map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files and much more in one central location. It is organized by subject matter and across grade levels. Educators may submit their own Google Treks to the site for use by other teachers.

Teaching with Technology
Are you interested in learning how to use technology tools to create, edit, share and teach? This site provides links to a wide variety of free online tools to meet whatever need you have.

Using a SmartBoard in the High School
This is an extensive collection of ready-to-go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have SmartBoard software installed on your computer to open these files.

Treasure Chest-100s of Resources for Ed Tech
This list changes from week to week, so return whenever you can to find great tools to integrate technology into your content area.

Tech Briefcase
Subject-specific links to resources, activities and lessons to help integrate technology in your classroom.

100 Digital Storytelling Tools
These are free tools for use by teachers who want to create digital stories, from simple to complex.

Wordle is a website for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Potential Uses:
  • Compare the inauguration speeches of multiple presidents to determine the prominant concerns of the day.
  • Help students visualize the main idea of a paragraph (their own or a published author) since that idea will likely be displayed in larger text.
  • Type text into a Word document emphasizing the correct way to spell vocabulary for your content area. Type troublesome words several times, so they will be emphasized in the word cloud. Copy the text and paste it into Wordle. Display on your laptop or print copies for students.

A database of over 7 million freely usable media files for projects and presentations.

How Stuff Works
For those of us who love to dig into something and find what makes it tick.

Image Bank
Find copyright-safe, creative commons attribution, public domain images to use in the classroom and in projects. Be sure to credit the photographer David Niblack when using the photos. Click on an album such as "People," "Objects," or "Nature." Click on each picture to bring up a larger image. Right click (or ctrl click on a Mac) to save the image to your computer.

Exploratree is a free online library of thinking guides where you can choose a graphic organizer/mind map and fill it in. Or, you can create your own thinking guide. There are many highly interactive features: printing, emailing, and collaborating with others in real time.

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
This wiki is intended to be a resource and communication tool for differentiating with technology. We believe that technology is an important tool for 21st century education and is a natural fit for differentiating instruction.

Create, store and print worksheets, study sheets, exams and quizzes online. Guaranteed to always be free to use.

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You'll find just about any subject from top US universities such as Columbia, Yale, UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, and many more!

Classroom Uses for a Document Camera
Ideas for Any Subject
· Share student work with the class.
· Edit student work.
· Multi-step modeling of directions
· Solve and/or keep scores for group games.
· Share articles or photos from magazines, books. Read aloud while all are viewing.
· View 3-dimensional items from different angles, in lieu of passing them around.
· View drawings, charts, graphs from textbooks or other resources.
· Fill in graphic organizers or other documents that all students need to see displayed.
· Display items being used in lessons, to allow all students a place to focus their attention and assist ELL students with directions and vocabulary.
· Review test answers with students.
· Allow students to “be the teacher”; materials under the document camera allow students to keep their focus while teaching.
· Display rubrics used when grading a project.
· Create group projects: stories, classroom rules, timelines.
· Display timer when students need to work within a time frame.
· Display game spinner for use with games.
· Use for polls, surveys that don’t need to be anonymous.
· Zoom in on small objects to see the detail.
· Save an image of the day’s activity to place on your website, to include in a PowerPoint, or to include in an assessment.

Language Arts
· Show books for choral reading or read-alouds.
· Show books/poetry annotate as desired, on the display board
· Daily Oral Language editing
· Display a story starter picture or object for creative writing.
· Test prep - view sample problems
· Model reading skills: directionality, sight words, comprehension strategies.
· Highlight main ideas and supporting details within documents that are displayed.
· Arrange sentences to create a well-organized paragraph.
· Recreate a story using small figures and sets

· Show math manipulatives – algebra tiles; money; place value blocks; fraction bars dice; pattern blocks
· Solving math problems- students share their methods
· Show math tools - calculator, protractor, ruler, graph paper, thermometer, compass - and teach how to use them
· Use the freeze option to show only the problem; while students are solving, teacher can write solution under doc cam; reveal when ready
· Test prep - view sample problems
· Display coordinate planes, then use for graphing

· Demonstrate science experiments for which there are not enough materials for every student or those for which safety dictates only teacher use
· Model steps or set-up in science experiments or dissections
· Take pictures of items under the doc cam to show change over time. The doc cam can save the photos for later access.
· If available, use microscope attachment to allow students to view what is occurring under the lens

Art & Music
· Art - demonstrate directions for complex projects, such as origami
· Art - demonstrate drawing or other specialized techniques
· Music – view sheet music to teach music reading skills
· Music – Model fingering for various instruments

Social Studies
· Show maps; fill in outline maps
· Display political cartoons for analysis
· View and analyze primary documents
· Model note taking or outlining

Teacher Productivity
· Use during faculty meetings to explain forms, new directives or district initiatives, assessment data (saves paper).
· Use during PLC meetings for items needing to be viewed by all present
· Eliminate the use of overhead transparencies and the work to create and clean them.
· Save time by drawing something only once, then reusing over and over.
· Display forms and other documents to parents during parent meetings.
· Display the lesson’s content and language objectives for students.

Using Document Camera Features
· Capture a document back to computer – useful for lessons needing review or to save student work.
· Place a sheet of paper under an overhead transparency to view under the document camera, until you recreate it in a different format.
· Use the zoom feature of the doc cam to highlight details of whatever is being shown or demonstrated.
· Enlarge text for easier viewing.

The network feature of this document camera allows users to view something under another teacher’s doc cam, in a different room. Requirements: Internet access via Ethernet cable (won’t work via wireless) and installation of AverMedia software (free).