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:
|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.|
|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:
The Connected Classroom – a list of simulations for a variety of content areas
Dunkel Chilcott, M. J. (n.d.). Effective use of simulations in the classroom. Catalina Foothills School District System
Dynamics Project. Retrieved from http://clexchange.org/ftp/documents/Implementation/IM1996-01Effective
Focus on effectiveness researched-based strategies. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.netc.org/focus/strategies/
Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Teaching and learning with technology in English and language arts instruction.
In Integrating educational technology into teaching. (6 ed., pp. 264-283). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Teaching and learning with technology in social studies instruction. In Integrating
educational technology into teaching. (6 ed., pp. 330-349). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
The JASON project. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.jasonproject.org/
The teacher’s guide. (2012, March 22). Retrieved from http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html
The teacher’s ultimate destination for virtual field trips. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.onlineeducation.net/resources/