The Common Core, high stakes testing, and AYP, these terms may make many a teacher shiver. With the push to deliver more content, and increase depth of knowledge why add on technology? The students sitting in our classrooms are digital natives – meaning technology has always been a part of their lives. These students are used to using interactive media in their personal lives. Traditional stand and deliver instruction will not get the students to where they need to be. Lets take a look at the advantages of incorporating technology into the just two of core content areas, and how Internet and communications technology can help teachers:
- Increased literacy skills; digital, information, and in reading and writing skills.
- Motivating students to read and write more
- Word fluency and vocabulary development
- Comprehension development
- Feedback loop
- Realia (definition: objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life)
|Literacy: Blogs, Wikis, Podcast, e-mail, e-readers, and digital storytellingMotivation: word processors, blogsFluency: Online word matching and vocabulary buildersComprehension: Ebooks, interactive stories, digital storytellingFeedback: word processors, drill & practice, simulations, or educational gamesRealia: Digital publishing, podcast, ebooks, images, etc.
| Social Studies
- Primary sources – artifacts, eye-witness accounts, journals, pictures, videos, etc.
- Virtual field trips – take field trips without leaving the classroom
|Primary sources: National Archivesdatabase access to images of documents, artifacts, and recordings. Other sites such as the BBC, museums, and state historical sites have many primary sources to interest students.Virtual field trips: Tours and Trips using the internet or Skype conversationsMapping: Google earth, Google maps, Esri Mapping applicationSimulations: Oregon Trail or Argument Wars
For more information check out these resources:
Types of Feedback and Their Purpose
Education through Exploration – The JASON Project
Education Database Online – Virtual Field Trips
The Connected Classroom – a list of simulations for a variety of content areas
Social Studies Freeware
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