Using Technology to Enhance Learning - 60 Minute Session

Homewood City Schools Professional Development Day

November 22-23, 2010

Session Agenda

Welcome and
Learn more about the presenter:
Jennifer Barnett
Web Tool Overview
Categories of Web Tools
Technology tools are actually no different in purpose to the many
tools already being used in classrooms to enhance learning. Consider the following:
Tools to enhance learning to read:
Webquests, interactive content sites
Tools to enhance learning to write:
Blogs, wikis, digital storytelling
Tools to enhance learning to speak:
Podcasting, Voice recording tools, screencasts, webcasts
Tools to enhance learning to think:
The Critical Thinking Community, Intel tools, wallwisher


Voki Examples

Blabberize Resource Page
Provide your students more purpose for speaking. Of course, they should always write a script first, so
this process obviously supports much more than speaking.

Sites for using student voice to enhance learning:
Blabberize, Voki, Audacity, gCast Brainshark VoiceThread UStream, LiveStream
ipadio Glogster This I Believe

Most of these are completely appropriate for all grade levels, all subject areas. Certainly, producing a
webcast and recording podcasts will require more support for K-6 grades. Although, you might be surprised! I learn every day
my son (3rd grader) can handle very sophisticated tasks!


Homewood Think

Advice Page
We say it all the time. Students need to improve critical thinking skills. Try a few of the following tools to push your
students to explore new ideas, points of view and possibilities and use reason to investigate questions, evaluate ideas,
advocate positions, and resolve conflicts

Sites which inspire more critical thinking to enhance learning:
The Critical Thinking Community (excellent site for better understanding critical thinking)
readwritethink Intel Thinking Tools Wallwisher Yack Pack, Mindmeister, Webspiration Survey Monkey,
PollDaddy, Google Docs

Elementary: readwritethink, wallwisher, Yack Pack, Webspiration
Secondary: Intel Thinking Tools, wallwisher, Mindmeister, webspiration
Web Directories
Where do I go to find even more web tools?
Web 2.0 Directories and Clearinghouses of web tools update daily. Bookmark these sites.
eduTecher, Go2web20, Ziipa, Listio, Educational Software, Learning Web, NetWebApp
Closing Remarks
It's important for me to be totally honest with teachers learning to use technology to enhance their classroom instruction. Allow me to
share a few closing thoughts with you.
  • Learning to integration technology in your classroom instruction takes time. The learning curve is steep in the beginning.
    Soon you'll see that many web tools work in a similar fashion. Until then, understand that mastery of these tech skills is much
    like the mastery of any other skill. The more time you spend practicing and the more determination you have to continue learning,
    the more likely you will be to achieve mastery. Unfortunately, there's no way around it.
  • Talk and share what you are doing to learn new web tools and what you're doing in your classroom. Sharing with others
    is the BEST way to continue to grow and learn.
  • Most of your favorite web sites and web tools have great tutorials available. Also, be sure to search for free webinars as well.
    Many sites understand how important it is to support teachers in learning these tools and using them in the classroom. Loads
    of resources are available to help you learn.
  • Consider developing your professional learning network. For more information about this, see a couple of resources pages
    I have on PLNs: Function of PLNs; How to Create a PLN

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
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