What kind of technology do you use in the classroom?

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  1. dibba

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    I know that high-tech can't replace great teaching, but wondering what kind of technology you use in your classroom to aid you?

    I'm thinking of things like Interactive Whiteboards, computers, etc, or how you use them in creative ways.
     
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  3. TamiJ

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    We lack technology in our classrooms. We are lucky to have 2 computer labs, but we lack even computers in our classrooms; however, we did a walk-a-thon early this month to raise money for computers, and we raised enough money, so next year we will all have computers in our rooms (at the elementary level).

    I will definitely be using my computer to make my lessons more effective. Apparently we are getting plasma-like monitors which will obviously be on our walls, so I will be able to do presentations, show clips, etc. This will be such a blessing.
     
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    I use very little.

    My sophs use a scientific (not a graphing) calculator.

    I sometimes use a document camera-- many people here call it an ELMO.

    And I occasionally go online-- to show the first 10,000 digits of pi, or the Pythagorean Theorem clip I like from the Wizard of Oz on youtube.

    Beyond that, however, it's pretty much me and my chalk.
     
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    I use a variety, daily. My class notes are all presented via PowerPoint, with a wide array of photos and video clips to match up with them. Worksheets and homework are corrected via the document camera. We review for tests using student response remotes (clickers). I check homework and classwork into the gradebook using an iPad, as well as using it to control the PowerPoints I present to the kids. I also have two computers in the back of the room that are used when students need to look up information, or finish typed homework.
     
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    Wow, can you explain a little more about how you use the ipad? I have a color Nook which has some functionality like an ipad; I'm wondering if I might be able to use it.
     
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    I have a promethean board that I use every day. I have 3 computers in my room for students to use also.
     
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    I have 2 desktop computers, a laptop, a SmartBoard, and a Smart document camera. I use all of them every day.
     
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    I have a teacher computer, 4 student computers, a laptop, a document camera, and a smart board. I use them daily.
     
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    I have a laptop, 4 student computers with AT touch screens, a ceiling mounted projector, built-in speakers, an ELMO, a MOBI interwrite pad and a Promethean Board. I use a lot of interactive learning games.
     
  11. TechnoMage

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    Never let Technology

    Stand in the way of really good teaching.......

    But I also have never let the lack of technology stand between me and having a really good time teaching.

    Big screen, second hand TVs are cheap (or donated).

    Mimeo(s) are smartboards (and they run smartnotebook) and are old and cheap (ebay-it).

    Laptop tablet computers work as Smartboards and are old and cheap (Ebay-it)

    A long-necked webcam functions as a document camera ($10 Ebay).

    You can use wireless USB mice as "clickers", free software for teachers on the MS website.

    Student response boards (12" x 16" cut up tileboard) are a cheap bang for the buck (works with individual, small group, large group).

    For myself, I never let money get between me and having fun.
    I had:
    A video projector (after the wide screen TV),
    Qwizdom Clickers
    Mimeo
    Laser printer
    Scanner
    Surround Sound (500 watts)
    Tablet computer(s)
    Document projector ( as stated earlier)
    and later a Smartboard (last 5 years)
    Oh, and Credit card debt.........
    But fun, fun, fun....................

    Teach cheap, teach expensive, just teach.

    :2cents: TechnoMage
     
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    Interwrite pad, projector, two computers, Qwizdom remote student answering system, and notes with graphics on PowerPoint. Our school also has a portable laptop lab (with 30 laptops) that I use for all assessments and for projects. I use all my technology almost everyday and would be lost without it.
     
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    Sure. My iPad is connected to my computer via a remote desktop application called VNC. This enables me to control the computer via the iPad. Therefore, my computer gradebook is available on the iPad, and so I can walk around the room and still check and enter grades, and take attendance. Further, because of the link to my computer, when I present a PPT to the class, I control it through the iPad. I can not only move slides from anywhere in the room, but also see a copy of the presentation for myself, on my own screen.

    I use those features the most, ultimately using the iPad every day, all day - as I teach. I also use an App called "TeachersPick" - you enter student names, and it randomly calls on them. It's similar to the old-school use of popsicle sticks, but the kids get a kick out of it because it feels more "automated". I also have the teacher's edition of my textbook on the iPad, allowing me to walk around the room with something far smaller and easier to access than the actual 1000 page monster on my desk.

    I know this sounded like an Apple advertisement, but I love the thing... changed the I way work. It doesn't do anything that I couldn't possibly do before, it just makes my life easier.
     
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    Same here!
     
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    Every student in my school has a laptop, so we use technology every day in all classes. Most of what I use is web based. Because I teach English, we can read stories online (often annotated with hyperlinks for videos/music/images to help the kids better understand what they're reading). Each student maintains a blog for writing, they can peer edit and make comments to help each other out... The skills I teach are virtually the same as in any class without technology, but this generation communicates differently. I think it's the job of English teachers to help them prepare for communicating digitally in an educated and responsible fashion.
     
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    I am one of the lucky ones in my building to have a Smartboard. If you have one or are getting one, I would highly recommend googling "smart exchange" and browsing the smart exchange website. Literally thousands of lessons you can download for free in whatever grade level and subject area that you choose. All customizable.

    In my building, every classroom has:
    a mounted projector
    laptop case (8 laptops)
    either a MOBY or ELMO (doc camera), whichever they chose

    A few of us lucky ones received smartboards this year instead of the moby or elmo. I LOVE my smartboard! Unfortunately I have to transfer buildings next year and my new classroom will not have one :(
     
  17. dibba

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    Thanks for the good ideas in your post, I'm checking them out now!
     
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    When you say your iPad connects to your computer, is your computer a Mac, or will it work with Windows too?

     
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    Band - Love what you wrote about the role of English teachers ... can you share with me the details of the blog writing exercises? If you need my email, PM me. THANKS! :)
     
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    VNC works with Windows and Macs.

    And I'm pretty sure you can VNC from a Mac (iPad) to a PC, or the other way around.
     
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    I always try to use Technology in my Classroom, I have A Smartboard, 4 Computers (one being my Computer) and the other 3 are available for my students.
     
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    I have the following technology in my classroom which is used almost on a daily basis:
    SMARTboard
    Document camera
    laptops for all students
    SMART Response system
    Quiz wizard software on my computer

    Most of my classroom notes are in PowerPoints or Smart Notebook files.
    I give pop quizzes with the Smart Response systems and with the Quiz Wizard program.
    Students use the laptops for individual research and assignments.
     
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    The most practical technology I use is our online learning management system. All of my assignments, handouts, links, videos, etc. are posted online so students can access it all anywhere they have internet access. Work is submitted digitally, so I don't have a stack of papers to carry around and shuffle through each evening. I open their work in Word, correct it with either my stylus or using the comment option, then I send it back to them.

    With the starboard/smartboard, teachers can record their lessons as they teach them and upload them to the computer. That way when students go home to work on homework, they can play the video back if they don't understand.

    We use a program called "DyKnow" that allows me to monitor every computer screen in the room. Not only can I make sure students are always on task (at least on the surface... can't stop daydreaming), I can also take over a computer and project it for the rest of the class if there is something that student is doing especially well that I want them to see. Or if a kid gets stuck on his/her opening paragraph, I can project it and we can all work through it. (Our math teachers love having that ability).

    What I've found is that technology allows me to give much more immediate feedback to the students, and that is invaluable.
     
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    What's the name of your online learning management system?
     
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    I found a new game that I think would be great to have in the classroom called iAssociate 2 (app in the iTunes store). It's like a big concept map. Fun! It wouldn't be for K but I could see it for older students.
     
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    TechnoMage... I've just been looking on ebay! Some great deals. Thanks!
     
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    Dibba, we use Angel learning which is a part of Blackboard. We also use DyKnow Vision/Monitor which allows us to do some of the same things.
     

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