Teen Tech Week is March 6-12. What types of technology do the teens at your school use personally and as part of classroom activities?
How do you balance technology use and distraction in the classroom? I'm always happy to see students composing, even if it is text messages, but it can be a challenge to draw their attention away from the technology in their hands and onto the work of the class. What suggestions do you have to incorporate the tech know-how students bring to the classroom in meaningful ways?
I think Powerpoint is pretty popular. Sure beats all those poster paper creations of the past. I know people who also use Prezi.com successfully, though I personally have a harder time with it. I think I'm just a more structured thinker.
Have you got any particularly successful activities?
Prezi.com is really good/ I am learnig how to use. thank you. We are using PPT often during project base learning. the teachers and students like it. it is very easy. But te idea of using ICT in learning prosess is not so popular in Armenia because most teachers are not so good users. but they are good learners, if they have good teachers. In the same time we have teachers ho are very active and tey use ICT often.
We trying to use some online resourses as http://www.wikispaces.com/. It is very goot space to work together.
I'm late on techweek, but I want to share some ideas about using tech in the classroom. I teach history and my students have been following the current events in the Middle East closely.
On February 11, when Hosni Mubrark was close to stepping down, I told students to take out their cellphones and get on the internet. We had just watched a video clip from a news website about the use of Twitter in the revolution. So I told them to follow the tweets of the protest organizers. Then I made a competition out of it: I told them to go to Google News and find the most recent news update on the happenings. Kids were calling out, "I found a 30 minutes ago update!" "I found a 14 minutes ago update!" Etc. Etc. We witnessed the live news update of Mubarak stepping down. It was amazing.
Of course, using cell phones in class isn't technically allowed. However, I let my principal know and she understood why we were doing it.
I also like when kids use their cellphones to look up words in the dictionary. While I still value actually looking up words in the dictionary, I also think the quickness with which they can find words can be empowering and help students stick with more challenging, higher level readings.
Finally, my students are blogging about the events in Egypt and Libya. I start the blog with a link to an article, comments and questions. And then they go at it. Commenting, answering questions, taking sides. I have found it is a great way to get kids to think about tone and audience. When they have informal writing on blogs to use as a comparison to more formal writing to legislators or for essays, they understand the difference more explicitly.
Thanks for the question. I look forward to sharing more!
What a great example of reasons that cellphones have a place in the classroom. Sure they can be misused, but to be honest, so can pencil and paper. Nice example of an activity that could be done with some computers in the classroom as well.
Sounds like it could be adapted to talk about evaluating resources for an inquiry project or a unit on research papers as well. I think I could do something similar, and ask students to draw some conclusions about what makes a "good" source.
Thanks for sharing that story!
I agree with Traci's post. What a simple yet inspired way of using technology - especially cell phones - in the classroom, Leslie. It doesn't alwasy have to be pre-designed game-like apps that capture their interest. You're showing them how the simplest tools on a device most have in their backpockets can be the most important learning tool they have (short of their own brains, of course).
We have teacher in our building that uses cell phones on a regular basis. The students use it to record their reading, send text messages to each other and the teacher, search the internet, etc. Technology is so important to the kids and unless we embrace it, we are going to lose the battle. Technology is the future.
www.polleverywhere.com - works just like clickers, but with cell phones
The free version has a 30-response limit, but that should be plenty for most classrooms.
Here's an activity I do with it: Set up a poll where people enter the first digit of their street address. Most folks are very surprised to see that 1 is the most common first digit.