We had a good technology committee meeting today.  Much of what was discussed was in agreement with what I had been contemplating, following one of the great sessions I attended at the Science Conference last week.  I attended a super session by a technology consultant (once classroom teacher/once technology coordinator) who presented on interactive websites and the activities she has constructed to accompany them.  I have worked hard the past few months to gather many, many websites for teachers to use in their rooms with their lessons.  But as I was listening to her I realized that just collecting websites is not that helpful.  Classroom teachers, in addition to lacking the time to find websites, also don’t have an enormous amount of time to explore a website and design an activity that will  meet objectives required by the SCOS.  The presenter’s format includes selecting ONE objective from the SCOS (for this workshop they were all science related), discovering a high quality, age-appropriate, interactive website, and designing an activity for the kids to work through.  Most of them were paper and pencil type activities!  Fill in the chart, draw a picture or series of pictures, label a diagram, cut and paste; but all using information the kids would glean from the site!  How much more meaningful and useful for the classroom teacher!  Don’t you think?  This is basically the need I heard coming from the committee today!  More useful ways to incorporate the SCOS using the technology tools we have now been introduced to.  I feel refreshed and like I have a renewed focus for how I can best help my teachers, after having been involved with both of these collaborations.  My final step in the preparation will be to set up a “real” web site from which to disseminate these, hopefully helpful, “care packages”!  What do you think?

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4th/5th grade teacher looping in 1:1 netbook initiative!

3 responses »

  1. Katie Lopez says:

    I can’t believe how much work you have done to help DR already. It’s really amazing! Do you sleep? After our meeting yesterday I went home and played on the computer with Gaggle some more and checked out the “I Keep” bookmarks. I think that a website with a list of all the resources that we are using would be wonderful. Maybe more teachers would take advantage of it if it were a little easier to access.

  2. Patricia Deffenbaugh says:

    I think that sounds wonderful, anything to make my life easier I am all for.

  3. What a great idea! You hit the nail on the head about getting websites for teachers. We’ll have to work a bit harder and longer, but in the end I truly feel the teachers will benefit. I would love to have a county website of the lessons we develop. That way all the teachers can benefit and adapt the lessons to their curriculum. That might be a summer project …

    Katie Lopez wrote in her comments that she is checking out “I Keep” bookmarks, may I suggest http://www.del.icio.us.com instead? I have used both and like delicious much, much better. It’s more of a social bookmarking site, but I think that’s one of the attractors. If you’d like an example, feel free to look over my bookmark site: http://danitarussell.del.icio.us.org I have collected over 300 bookmarks and it’s still growing!

    Great blog Kim – keep up the good work!

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