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Integrating Technology into the Classroom

By Linda Ullah
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1: Getting to Know You
Please tell us.

1.  Your name
2.  Where do you teach?
3.  What do you teach?
4.  What do you enjoy most about your job?
5.  What would you like to do better instructionally?
6.  How do/have you use technology in your classroom?
7.  What ...

2: Searching for Curriculum
Firefox is the best Browser to use for this course.  If you don’t have Firefox on your computer you can download it (for free) at: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/.  This will take a few minutes.

Go to I Keep Bookmarks and open an account.  ...

3: Trackstar
View the Trackstar Presentation.

Do the Trackstar Scavenger Hunt and bookmark (add to Favorites) the resources you find.

Then go to Trackstar and set up a new account and create your first  "Track" from the resources you’ve bookmarked.

4: A Non Tech lesson or Unit
What do you teach?

What lesson or unit that you teach would you like to tweak, improve and make technology rich? 

In MS Word list the activities you currently do when teaching this unit.  Be prepared to share out.

5: Create a Scavenger Hunt
Think about the lesson or unit you shared with us that you want to turn into a technology enriched lesson or project. 

Open your MS Word document for this lesson or unit and create 3-5 good essential questions ...

6: Great Resources
Find some good resources for your project.  You can do a Google or Yahoo search or you can begin with these sites. Be sure to add these sites to your Trackstar Track.

Mulitple Content Areas

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators...

7: Student Project Samples
Instructors will show some student created projects.

8: Thematic Planning

Thematic Planning-Integrated Instruction

How do you think about curriculum? Do you see each subject as unique? Do you see skills as separate and discrete?

Do you see the connections between curricular ...

9: Some Free Tools
Below are some free and web-based tools to consider.  Explore one (that you are not currently familiar with) and be prepared to tell us what you learned about it, and how it could be used either professionally or for a classroom.

Blogger:  Free, ...

10: Backwards Planning
What final product or proof of learning do you want your students to create as a result of this lesson or unit?   Begin with the END in mind.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Web Page or Web Site
  • Digital Video
  • Trifold Brochure
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Mind Map
  • Animation
  • Tutorial
  • Public ...

11: Content Standards
Determine what standards are met by your lesson or unit.  Here are some links to standards:

California State Department of Education Content Standards PDF Files

SCORE (CA Content Standards with projects, units, lessons and curriculum) for Language Arts, Social Studies/History, Science and Math...

12: Rethinking Lesson or Unit

Backwards Planning and Teaching for Enduring Understanding

McTighe and Wiggens suggest that the first thing to do when planning a project is to reflect on the deep learning or  enduring understandings

13: Assessment
Your assessment should be based on your measurable learner objectives.


14: Copyright, Child Safety
Go to Copyright Bay

Your instructors will assign and area of Copyright Bay and Fair Use Harbor for you to explore:

Copyright Bay
Fair Use Harbor
Audio Visual Lagoon
Multimedia Wharf
Single Copy Inlet
Cove of Many Copies
DistEd Point
Pearls of Wisdom
Infringement Reef


15: Create a WebQuest
1.  Search Bernie Dodge’s WebQuest site for existing Web Quests  (Click on Find WebQuests link) similar to your lesson or project.  You can adapt one for your needs if you find one.  Create a Trackstar Track for any WebQuests you think ...

16: Classroom Management
How you manage your lesson or unit will depend on:
  • the size of your class
  • the age of your students
  • your and your students’ comfort and expertise with using technology
  • the amount of time you have to teach the lesson or unit
  • how many computers you have available, ...

17: Follow Up
For more training in integrating technology:

Take some  LINC-FastTech classes.

Enroll on our Educational Technology Certificate Program.

Apply for the Earn While You Learn Institute.

Bookmark and keep this workshop curriculum for future use and reference.

18: Differentiate Instruction
I've added this link after the workshop because I thought it might be helpful.

WestEd’s Differentiated Instruction Resources and Tips

Resources will continue to be added over time.