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Free Technology for Teachers

By Richard Byrne
Richard Byrne posts technology sites for lesson planning and classroom use. It is multi-disciplinary and current. It has links and videos and teacher friendly.

Published by Free Techology for Teachers in 2011

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Professional Development
Leadership
ELL/LEP
Education
Computer Science
Technology
Performing Arts
Physical Education
Fine Arts
Business
Science
Reading
Mathematics


Essential Question(s)
1. What is the role of technology in education?
2. How can you replace an existing textbook unit with one using technology?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Explore a site you have not seen before and find how you can use it to add a technology component to a lesson you have coming up.

Extension and Activities
1. Find a math lesson that can be enhanced using a music lesson.
2. Research the life of an artist or musician. Relate his/her story to what was going on in the period history.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."


Susan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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