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I was please to hear that the Google Science Fair was back for the second year. This is an annual event that adds excitement for student scientists around the globe. It’s open to students ages 13-18. All projects are submitted online. Last year, the Google Science Fair became the largest online science fair in the world with over 7, 500 entries from more than 90 countries. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Best in Tech Today
We needed an affordable solution that helps students with disabilities learn and interact easier. The TouchSmart is an all-in-one touch-enabled PC—making it unique. Users simply touch, tap or sweep a finger across the screen to access information, the Internet, or social. No keyboard or mouse is necessary. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Best in Tech Today
The district has implemented a new type of high school, Lincoln High School (GLHS). The unique design of the building was essential to promoting the teaching and learning we envisioned. We are working to break away from the 9-month school year. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
We looked for something that wasn’t going to be difficult to install and maintain. After the presentations, we surveyed teachers for their input, and Mimio was their top selection. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
We are designing and developing a learning environment that integrates various technology tools such as interactive white boards, mobile technology, high access technology (laptops) and the applications to fully integrate all technology through the SMART system, enabling highly effective teachers to facilitate high student achievement. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
I use Evernote because it works so well to create and capture different forms of media (audio, video, images, and text). The basis for the system is to capture student learning, which could be done with different tools. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Our district was interested in evaluating technologies that would support literacy. SOLO 6, developed by Don Johnston, is a suite of four software tools that can be used individually or together to support students’ reading and writing skills. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that the Wayzata Public Schools uses when evaluating technology tools. We are committed to embedding technology solutions into our curriculum from beginning so that these tools are available to all staff and all students. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
My teaching now embraces, and is part of, the visually stimulating world my students are growing up in. I have the ability to offer my students hands on, motivating lessons that engage their brains in ways most interesting to them. Often, the lessons I create offer components for all learning styles and modalities. It’s definitely provided an avenue to balance the best of technology with the best of traditional education strategies. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Upland Unified School District (UUSD) faced two of the same challenges that most public school districts are facing nationwide—we had a lack of funding to pursue programs of excellence, and the need to improve student achievement in math and science. UUSD’s ultimate goal was to find a way to provide educational technology to support rigorous programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
The primary ProjectsByJen goal is to seamlessly and effortlessly weave various opportunities of tech into the PreK – 6th grade classroom, while at the same time setting up collaboration activities for interaction. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
As a Title I school, Technology helps our students access information, helps them to be creative, inquisitive, and knowledgeable. It also helps our students learn to read, and build math skills. The Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) and Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) help our staff and students to understand the progress they are making in math and reading. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
I have been a huge fan of The Geometer's Sketchpad for years (since I was introduced to it in 1994!), and I believe it is one of the best educational tools out there. Therefore, I was incredibly excited when I learned about the release of Sketchpad Explorer. I will be supporting the 5th grade team as they incorporate the Sketchpad Explorer app and the Dynamic Number Project into their math curriculum this year. We're looking to fully engage the students and encourage them to hypothesize, investigate, understand, and share mathematical principles. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
We implemented the Classworks FIND assessment system in fall 2010 in grades 2-8, after using the Classworks instructional software for years. Our goals were to measure students’ mastery of grade-level standards, differentiate instruction to meet each student’s needs, and improve student performance on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Our goal is to address the varying needs of a wide spectrum of learners who want, or need other options outside of the traditional school structure and time requirements. Using blended learning, in a self-paced, student-centered model, accelerated learners, high-risk learners, and everything in between can find a customized learning environment. We also guide students from the highly structured traditional learning style to a more independent style at their pace in order to make them ready for post-secondary learning. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
In order to prepare our students for their future careers, we knew that teachers had to embrace technology and use it effectively. Yet even after spending some $30 million on technology products, we discovered several years ago that teachers were still lecturing in front of classrooms much as they had done when the district was founded in 1829. In response, we searched for a way to unlock the potential of our huge existing investments in technology. We wanted a way to get teachers to actually use technology in the classroom, rather than let it sit gathering dust. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
When using Glogster EDU, the classroom comes alive and the interest of the students broadens. Higher-level thinking is obtained and some of the objectives we are looking for to engage our students can be plugged into. This website allows the students to creatively express themselves and offers an opportunity for them to retell/demonstrate the knowledge that they have learned. The highest level of Blooms Taxonomy is to take information learned and create something to represent that understanding. Glogster EDU allows this to happen through collaboration and while having fun. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
The overall goal at Heritage Middle School was to actively engage students in their education, while providing both the teachers and the students with immediate data about the learning taking place in every classroom. As we move toward fully implementing a Proficiency Model in our district, the CPS Student Response System will enable teachers to continuously assess students and provide immediate data as to which students need remediation and which have mastered the material. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Three years ago our district started using My Reading Coach as a reading intervention for Special Education and Tier II & III students. We wanted Smith Academy students to utilize the My Reading Coach computer program and gain the basic phonics skills they lacked to help them improve their reading. With a virtual reading and speech teacher, and consistent praise and encouragement from the My Reading Coach program, our goal was to schedule groups of 10 students in the lab for about 20 to 30 minutes a day. The My Reading Coach program keeps records of the time the students have spent on the program, what they are mastering, and where they are struggling. The pre-test not only places the students on the level they should start, but has them complete only the levels they need. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Goals: To create an interactive website that provides course content, contact information, homework, class newsletters, syllabi, permission slips, classroom rules, SAT and college admissions information, and allows students to submit work directly to me. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Like everyone I have lost files that should have been backed up. I have done a lot of writing over the years and before I had Mozy I lost 83 pages of a piece I had been working on for months. I never wanted that to happen again. I started using Mozy at home and school at the same time. I set Mozy for auto- backups every day. A few years ago I had a big crash over the summer. All my lesson plans and every file since I started teaching in 1999 was on the computer, but with Mozy I was able to get it all back. Also, if I change or throw away a version and then realize I want an older version- I can check Mozy to see if that version was still there and it was easy to go and find that. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Our school district goals are to increase student engagement and increase student learning. SMART Boards are a classroom tool that helps us achieve both goals. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
The goal was to introduce Project-Based Learning by creating and recording math tutorials using the ELMO TABLET. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation generously helped fund the project. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
Lawrence School serves students with learning differences, many of whom need assistive technology to read or as a prosthetic processor to make reading an easier task. Our technology goals are to offer tools that allow students to become independent learners, and collaborate and communicate outside of school for school and social purposes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
On the first day of school in classrooms everywhere, teachers explain procedures, calm anxious students, and create excitement for the upcoming year. We also answer many, many questions such as, Where do we line up? Do we have homework? And how do we check out books? But in my classroom students will also ask, What is a blog? Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Best in Tech Today
The goal in implementing the IN3916 Interactive Projector was to move beyond the traditional interactive whiteboard approach, which requires both teacher and student to physically touch the board to interact. We wanted to provide a flexible solution that was more compatible with learner-centered pedagogy by using a solution that was not so limited. The IN3916 makes any surface interactive, from walls to floors to tabletops. This allows our students to interact with any surface during the learning process. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Best in Tech Today