Welcome to the EDC448 Mini ICT Fair!

You've had a chance to read about several uses of ICT in content-area classrooms and note their benefits for literacy and learning. Here's a chance to explore some examples of how teachers in elementary, middle, and high school have adapted these technologies to meet their own curriculum needs.

You Can't Be My Teacher: If you don't know the internet you can't be my teacher, I need someone who knows what I know. Meet me on the web, at least half way.
Alternatives to Writing: Create a YouTube video: See this example from a third grader as an alternative to a writing assignment.
Alternatives to Writing: Create a Video Podcast for an Author Study Project
Alternatives to Science Lab Homework: Create a Voicethread of a Science Experiment
Ain't Gonna Hold Us Back Award Winners
I Like Big Binders: High School Teachers Remix Rap to encourage students to keep a binder for his class

Please select one of these readings to read for homework:

The New Media Consortium (2009). Horizon Report for 2009: K-12 Edition This report provides an annual overview of emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe. For this assignment, you only NEED to read the Executive Summary (pages 1-9) but you can certainly skim other sections if you are interested.

Alvarez, M. (2007). Second life and school: The use of virtual worlds in high school education. This paper explores the possibility of the use of virtual worlds in high school education to teach or supplement classes.

Other Resources

Station 1: Classroom Homepages

How do the teachers below use their classroom webpages? What features appear to be useful and engaging for their students?

Be prepared to share two features of a particular classroom homepage that you think might be useful on your own homepage.

Station 2: Quia - The Online Quiz Maker

1. Take a quick tour of Quia: Quintessential Instructional Archive to learn about its features.
2. Explore the many different quiz formats you can use to design your online activity almost immediately.
3. Visit the Shared Activities Center to search for interactive quizzes already created on a certain topic.

Be prepared to describe an idea for an online quiz you would like to design for students in your content area.

Station 3: Classroom Blogs and Podcasts

Explore the resources below to find an example that you think captures the potential of using either blogs or podcasts for learning.

Be prepared to describe a short-term project in your content-area that might work well as a project-based blog.

Station 5: Multimedia Online Project Tools

Scan the list of online project tools at http://edc448uri.wikispaces.com/Multimedia+Project+Tools
Select two that pique your interest. Explore each and share your thoughts about how this tool might foster more student engagement or otherwise enrich your instruction or students’ creative responses to a learning task.

Additional Stations to Explore

Station 4: WebquestsThe Webquest Page

1. Explore the webquests below. Notice the common structure, including how each begins with an authentic issue, explicitly describes the task, distributes the learning across small groups assigned to a particular role, directs students to particular resources, and includes a rubric-based assessment to measure student performance. Be prepared to share some part of one webquest you believe to be particularly effective. Also, what is one thing you might change?

Elementary School

2. You can also search for other webquests in two ways:
a. Use the Search page or Webquest Matrix at The Webquest Page
b. Use Google and search for Topic+Webquest+grade level to peruse your findings

3. What else is there besides Webquests? Explore the series of Filamentality Activity Formats if you're looking for additional ideas.

STATION 6: Interactive Online Resources To Engage Students with Content

How might the following interactive resources be useful to (a) activate, (b) assess, and/or (c) build students' prerequisite knowledge for your lesson/unit? How might a particular resource activity engage students with your content in ways that enrich your instruction?






PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS! see this parody chat on XtraNormal between Learning Management System and Personal Learning Environment to start to understand

FLIPPED CLASSROOMS - Success story at Clintondale High Schoo in Detroit, MIl and all of their lessons online!

Additional Reading: I'm casually gathering resources in other areas to eventually create another station or two about different technology integration issues. Bear with me as I work to organize the following resources over the next little while....
Teen Second Life featured in Edutopia

TPACK Resources