Teaching With Technology Articles


Tips for making the most of technology in your classroom, school, and district. We show you constructive and practical applications of technology.

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Teachers Say: Google Do Your Homework!

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.

A Step Towards the Creation of Educational Technology Standards: Identifying Key Skills

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.

A Teacher's Guide To USENET

This is a legacy guide saved for archive purposes. The guide looks at an out dated system called USENET.

Connecting through Technology

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

Creating A Web Site For Your Students

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.

Different Internet Connection Types & Their Pros and Cons

Another legacy guide that looks at wired means of connecting to the Internet.

Eeeek! A million web pages are opening on my screen!

Ever get a ba-gillion pop-ups on your screen and see no end in sight? The author explains the why and how.

Excel In the Classroom

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.

Featured Financial Articles For Educators

Over 20 articles for teachers to consider no matter how close or far away you are from retirement.

Five Secrets for Parents to Help Encourage Responsible Use of the Internet

How do you monitor your child in an Internet world? Here are five simple techniques that any one can use in their home.

Generation 2001: Techno-Confident

A legacy look at a decade how students perceive their world. The new generation is even more wired in, no pun intended.

How Can My District Create A Web Presence?

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.

How To Learn To Use Any Software Application You Want

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.

Internet Tools That Support On-line Project-Based Learning

In this tutorial, we'll discuss software applications that are leading the way towards a digital teaching and learning revolution.

Is Distance Learning Feasible For K-12 Schools?

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?

Kids' Browsers: To Block or not to Block?

How to monitor what your kids are looking at even when you're not home.

New Forms of Communication That Will Transform Teaching and Learning

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.

Parental Controls Are Only As Good As Your Password!

A basic understanding that most people miss.

PC's vs. Mac's

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 In the Classroom

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.

Search Engines: A Foreign Object to Teachers

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.

Technology Integration Model For Teachers

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".

Technology In The Classroom

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).

Using the Internet to Enhance K-12 Teaching & Learning

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.

Using the Internet to Stimulated Higher Order Thinking: Enter the Web Quest

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?

Using a Web site with Your Classes

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.

Using Computer Databases In The Classroom

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.

Visuals, Videos, and Multimedia - Why Use Them in Teaching?

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.

Web Casting - The Future of Online Education

How hads technology changed the way we learn and think about learning?

What I wish my e-mail provider would do

A great look at you should look for when picking up a new web address.

What's The Deal With Computer Viruses

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.