I am not a classroom teacher, but a tech teacher who tries to encourage my teachers as much as possible. One thing I have managed to get going in a classroom (and did in my own many years ago) is to use Inspiration/Kidspiration on a projector. We don't have interactive boards, but do have projectors and doc cameras. Kidspiration displayed for the whole class to see is very engaging. Allowing a student to do the typing as the class brainstorms is also motivating. The next step is puting hyperlinks and video into your projects, and making that part of the class discussion. This diagram or web is then on the server for students to access during a center time or lesson in the lab.
I just learned about Webspiration. It's like Kidspiration/Inspiration but is Internet based! No software to download.
One way to integrate technology into the classroom is to use a digital camera. I frequently take pictures of students engaged in activities and of student work. These images are used to support teaching by reinforcing concepts covered in class and also to promote independent learning. On my district teacher page there is a nifty feature that turns jpegs into puzzles. Putting images of students working on projects or images of student work into puzzles is a wonderful way to get them on the class site. I find this helps some stay organized as many students then click on our “Class Calendar” to check on due dates and such.
Click the link below for a sample. If you click the Student Puzzles to the left, there are samples of student science art work turned into puzzles too.
Now that depends on what you mean by "technology." So often I hear teachers in conferences and inservices use the word "technology" to mean computers and internet resources. Those are great but lets not forget about all the "low tech" types of technology you can use in the classroom.
I've been doing lots of "technology" projects with my 4th & 5th grade science clubs that have nothing to do with computers but do an awesome job of getting the students interested in science and engineering.
Such things as simple circuits, solar power, electricity, and robotics can be cheap and easy. Such things are very hands on for your more kinesthetic kids. Plus more often than not you can send such projects home with the kids.
An easy project to do are "bristlebots." Its a very very very simple robotic concept that can also be used in lessons that deal with motors, electricity, motion, movement, center of gravity. The entire "bot" is just a toothbrush head with double sided foam tape on the top, and a small battery connected to a vibrating motor (like in a cell phone). The motor vibrate and the vibrations move down the bristle and cause it to move.
Instructables.com has a whole lot of guides on how to make them. I like this guide the best.
One very interesting way to get girls interested in "technology" is showing them 'Soft Circuitry.' This is the process of using conductive thread, fabric, and electrical parts to make wearable technology. Instructables has a lot of simple guides on projects. Sparkfun.com has lots of parts.
Just some ideas on ways to do non-computer centered "technology."
I was so encouraged to try new things after the ISTE Conference at the end of June. This year I am going to try a BYOD approach to Student Response. I am creating a Blog and I am going to post a question and the address and let the students use their cell phones, Ipads, Latops (Or if they do not have any of these they can use on that the school provides) and the students will be able to answer the question in real time.
Of course I will have each student sign an acceptable use pledge before I begin!
Technology Coordiantor / Technology teacher
Saint Ann School
I was able to g to at least 8 free workshop or Model lessons and by far the most inspiring was Kevin Honeycut
Here is a link to the video taken during that session. http://www.isteconference.org/ISTE/2011/program/search_results_details.php?sessionid=60751713
Kevin did present at another time as well. I can't remember what the session was called. All of his handouts and links are on his web site and his ISTE program page
I also got a lot from Tammy Worcester. I saw two of her sessions
http://www.tammyworcester.com/Tips/Tammys_Technology_Tips_for_Teachers.html There is a tab on the top of her website named Handouts, find and click on ISTE in the Schdule .
But if you go to the ISTE 2011 site, all the presenters have at least their handouts posted.
Here is the link to the Program overview. It is kind of hard to find now on the ISTE site.
On the right side bar you can choose sessions by presenter, or category etc. Click on one of those then click on the presentation.There you will find any handouts or links to the presenters website for the handouts. Etc.
You may also want to check out the Conference NING There was a LOT posted there as well.
http://www.iste2011.org/ (you will have to join this NING and I am not sure if they are still accepting new members although I don't see why not!
Jeanne Rogers mentioned that TIM, Technology Integration Matrix, provides a foundation for professional development for technology integration and a common vocabulary for talking about effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. The TIM illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students, as indicated on the website from FCIT at USF. There are five levels in technology integration: entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, or transformation.
What level are you? How do you see this tool being used to help develop one's technical skills?