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Tips for making the most of technology in your classroom, school, and district. We show you constructive and practical applications of technology.
For years we have been recommending Google as our search engine of choice. We never had any concrete data to compare search engines. We changed that. Seven groups of teachers took on the task of rating the top five search engines. The results will surprise you.
In order to develop standards, we must first identify key skills which students will need in the future. It's not as easy as you think to ascertain the identity of these skills, because it's difficult to predict the future. Although, within the next ten years, the paradigm of workplace technology is sure to change.
This is a legacy guide saved for archive purposes. The guide looks at an out dated system called USENET.
A key tool for educators is to connect a new concept to prior experiences. As a bilingual educator with students of low SES, I quickly realized that their prior knowledge was limited. As I talked about different landforms and places I had seen, my students were either staring into space or completely off task. I soon realized that they could not make a visual connection to the content
Like any effective teaching plan requiring time and resourcefulness, it is no different when you create a web site for your students to access. However, if you have an extensive, well organized plan, the computing part is easy and getting easier everyday.
Another legacy guide that looks at wired means of connecting to the Internet.
Ever get a ba-gillion pop-ups on your screen and see no end in sight? The author explains the why and how.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll look at the pros and cons of using Microsoft Excel as an application with your students. We'll also examine some methods for strengthening your Excel skills. We chose Microsoft Excel because it is the most widely known and probably the most commonly used application.
Over 20 articles for teachers to consider no matter how close or far away you are from retirement.
How do you monitor your child in an Internet world? Here are five simple techniques that any one can use in their home.
A legacy look at a decade how students perceive their world. The new generation is even more wired in, no pun intended.
In this tutorial we'll walk you through the organizational process of creating a district web presence. This process is very time consuming and requires a dedicated staff.
This tutorial will highlight the qualities of each learning modality commonly used to learn new software applications. Each modality has its own unique properties. As you'll see, one modality does not necessarily far exceed another.
In this tutorial, we'll discuss software applications that are leading the way towards a digital teaching and learning revolution.
Yes, distance education cuts cost; but is it effective? Does it provide students with quality educational opportunities? In the future, will most teachers teach from a distance?
How to monitor what your kids are looking at even when you're not home.
It seems as if every educational administrator is pushing teachers to use technology in their teaching. In fact, most K-12 and Higher Education Institutions that boast about their technology program only provide students, at best, with minimal technology skills.
A basic understanding that most people miss.
While most corporations are seemingly PC, schools seem to be broken on the issue. Most districts do not understand the issues at hand. We'll try to bring you up to speed on where we are and where we are going.
PowerPoint is a wonderful tool for learning in both a student and teacher-directed situation. It can add a new dimension to learning allowing teachers to explain abstract concepts, while accommodating all learning styles. Used properly, PowerPoint can be one of the most powerful tools for disseminating information ever known. Employed inappropriately, PowerPoint could potentially confuse students and make learning a difficult process.
The day will come when you will type in "lesson plans" and you will only get quality sites. Until that day, we have the aforementioned search engines to help us in our task. Don't use a search engine because of the pretty colors or because a friend encouraged you. Use those that return consistently good web sites and lots of them.
The Nichols Technology Instruction Model attempts both to define the "computer literate" teacher and to demonstrate the two major philosophies underlying the use of technology in schools. One I have identified as "Teaching Technology." This is usually done by a computer specialist who teaches it as a subject called "Computers".
The traditional definition of literacy is the ability to read and write. With the rapid development of new technologies, the nature of literacy is undergoing a rapid metamorphosis. Thus in addition to reading and writing, the current definition of literacy also includes the ability to learn, comprehend, and interact with technology in a meaningful way (Coiro, 2003).
The Internet has fast become the most extensive resource tool available to teachers and learners across the globe. From printable off-line resources to interactive Articles, the Internet medium provides enriching activities that can be used to enhance K-12 teaching and learning.
More recently, schools have discovered the Internet as a source which obviously breaks away from traditionalism. The question remains: Does digital/electronic access to information make a difference in fostering higher order thinking?
So where do we begin? Before using any web site with students, you should make sure to thoroughly review it. In this tutorial, we will offer five essential considerations for you ponder before you use a web site with your students.
This tutorial will discuss the use of databases in the classroom. We'll give you a few examples of how to use them and also talk about top database applications like Microsoft Access.
The following overheads have been presented to many teachers and teacher candidates to sensitize them to the need for effective use of visual media. These serve as an overview of how visual media may be infused into the teacher's curriculum. Most often teachers use these without knowing why or how to do so. This brief tutorial provides a philosophy and structure for doing so.
How hads technology changed the way we learn and think about learning?
A great look at you should look for when picking up a new web address.
This tutorial will provide you a crash course on computer viruses. We hope to help you learn to deal with computer viruses, not to panic, and tell you how this may affect your technology experience.