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Technology Integration Resources:
Best Practices for Teaching and Learning with Technology

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Technology Integration is a four part series on essential questions, technology integration resources, web page design, and multimedia in projects.  Sections contain relevant opening essays and resources.

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Best Practices for Teaching and Learning with Technology

 

Assistive Technology Tutorials from the University at Buffalo are designed to help you with reading and writing tools (e.g., Clicker 4, Co:Writer 4000, products from IntelliTools, Write: Outloud), tools for visually impaired (e.g., JAWS for Windows, BrailleNote), and creating talking books (e.g., HyperStudio 4).  Links to other tutorial sites are included.

A.T.TIPScast (Assistive Technology Tools in Public Schools) features podcasts "about using technology to help students meet their educational goals.  Each episode features at least one "A.T.TIP" that can be used to differentiate and individualize the learning process" (About section).

CAST UDL Curriculum ToolkitHOTCAST UDL Curriculum Toolkit from the Center for Applied Special Technology.  "The UDL Curriculum Toolkit is a web-based platform that allows for the development and publication of web-based curricula and other content built according to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)" (What is the toolkit? section).

Cyberbee is a Pacific Bell Blue Web'N Site that helps teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. Content contains curriculum ideas, research tools, how to's, curricular treasure hunts, curriculum and technology links, conference notes, and a link to the journal for Multimedia Schools for Cyberbee articles by Linda Joseph of Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools.  Linda Joseph is author of Net Curriculum: An Educator's Guide to Using the Internet.

Ed Index by Bernie Poole at the University of Pittsburgh contains an extensive set of resources for elementary and secondary education, courseware download sites and recommendations, education edindexers, basics of online learning, electronic field trips, lesson plans, general resources for education, instructional design for online learning, multimedia resources (video, still image, and audio), online workshops and tutorials, reference tools, scavenger hunts and Web Quests, special needs education, and education job search.  Of particular interest:

Edudemic: The Teacher's Guides to Technology and Learning include guides on Twitter, flipped classrooms, Google Glass, badges in education, keeping students safe online, choosing the best digital content, digital scavenger hunts, Pinterest, and more.  Edudemic also has commentaries on the best ed tech hardware and apps and topics of interest for tech integration specifically for students and teachers.

The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology at San Diego State University is a collection of short articles on a variety of topics related to the fields of instructional design and education. Multimedia is used to enhance learning, rather than just for decoration. Categories include Cognition and Learning, Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation, Media Design, and Project Management.

Free Technology for Teachers is a blog written by Richard Byrne, which contains free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology.

Getting Started Enriching K-12 Curriculum with Internet Resources, written by P. Deubel, is an imaginative, tutorial approach of a teacher's exploration of the Internet with its enormous resource of materials to enrich K-12 curriculum.  It is located on this site and was featured in the summer 2002 online edition of Learning & Leading with Technology.

Guide to Easily Integrate Technology into Teaching by L. Jackson for Education World (http://www.educationworld.com) presents tips with Web links on how to get started.  Article was updated May 26, 2005.

PDA GifHandheld Devices in the Classroom from Teacher Tap.  If you desire to integrate handhelds into your curriculum, you will appreciate the many resources included at this site related to Personal Digital Assistants, GPS and GIS, Portable Electronic Keyboards, Digital Cameras, and more.  Highly recommended.

Intel Education Initiative contains four parts: K-12 education, higher education, education competitions, and education beyond classrooms.  For K-12, the Intel® Teach Program offers proven professional development programs to promote 21st century skills. Intel’s free teaching tools and resources allow for collaborative, student-centered learning.  Numerous resources are provided, as "Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges, and a solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and digital literacy are crucial for their success."

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students (2016) address skills, rather than tools, enabling learners to leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals; to achieve digital citizenship, to be a knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative communicator, and global collaborator.

Internet Expeditions: Creating WebQuest Learning Environments by A. Lamb.  This site in workshop format provides several examples of WebQuests, tips, and instructions for creating and integrating WebQuests into your curriculum.

Learning@Hand from GoKnow, Inc. contains "reviews of educational software for use for Palm OS®, and helpful tips for integrating handheld devices into your classroom." Educators can share their own lesson plans, and participate in the chat room.  GoKnow was developed by Elliot Soloway, Ronald Marx, and Joseph Krajcik of the University of Michigan's Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education.

LETSNet is the Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students at Michigan State University College of Education, also sponsored by Ameritech.  The mission of LETSNet is to help K-12 teachers to develop their understanding of the Web and its use in classrooms.  Attention is given to mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts and the content is informed by national work on curriculum standards.  Learn about the 10 big ideas driving the Internet in education: field trips, teamwork, global connection, research, visualization, publishing, individualizing, professional growth, home and community, and kids corner.  Read actual case studies of teacher experiences.

New Horizons for Learning Teaching and Learning Strategies: Technology in Education contains descriptions of how computers can be used to stimulate and develop writing skills, collaborate with peers in foreign countries, do authentic kinds of research that is valuable to the adult world, and do complex kinds of problem solving that would otherwise be impossible without technology.  Read articles on topics that include using audio in online classrooms, learning through virtual reality, how technology can be used to implement Multiple Intelligences theory, creating global learning communities, integrating technology through student created multimedia projects, and much more. A list of Internet projects and sites that provide support for using web technologies is provided.  Using technology in education is one of the over 20 strategies for teaching and learning that are found at this site.

Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology provides several sections from which to choose resources: preparing a course, grade and test, copyright and plagiarism, create and use audio and video, publish on the web (e.g., blogs, eportfolios, podcasts), and more.

PowerUp WHAT WORKS provides "customizable resources for teachers, school leaders, PD facilitators, and teacher educators to improve teaching and learning for struggling students and those with disabilities."  You'll find "teaching strategies supported by technology, technology use in schools and classrooms, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction, [and] guidance on meeting Common Core Standards" (About Us section).

Teacher Tap will help educators to answer common technology integration questions.  Start with search resources and techniques, electronic books and e-reading, visual resources, intellectual property rights, online reference materials, primary resources and real world data, projects, field trips, assessment, tutorials, electronic portfolios, and so much more.

Technology & Learning eBooks Download eBooks on a number of topics, including new tools that students use (podcasts, cell phones, blogs, social networking), the potential of interactive technologies, online safety, 1:1 computing, whiteboards, VoIP and networking, mobile devices, and wireless.

techs4schools was created by TECH CORPS and sponsored by Compaq to provide a free online mentoring service to K-12 schools and educators.  Volunteer IT professionals assist educators across the country to provide step-by-step technology assistance and information. Join a team and get your questions answered in specialties such as:

 

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Part 1: Essential Questions  |  Part 3: Web Page Design  |  Part 4: Multimedia in Projects