ISTE Webinar Series 2009/2010


What Should Administrators Know and Be able to Do with Technology in the Classroom?

What Administrators Should Know Handout

September 30, 2009

Description:  From cell phones to AUPs and everything in between are some of the problems and issues facing today’s administrators.  The newly minted NETS-A provide a tangible list of administrative goals and skills needed.  In this hour, we take a closer look at the NETS and what administrators need to be able to do to transform their schools into a 21st century learning environment.  The presenters bring two different sides to these issues – one from a teacher, the other from a Director of Technology.  How do we create the best situation for our students to learn?  The discussion begins with classifying the use of technology in order to more effectively observe teachers and improve instruction.  We will discuss the Speak Up Report and how it applies to today’s classroom.  This session will also explore some ways to create safe, but dynamics learning environments.  Let’s engage in  a true discussion of the issues facing today’s students, teachers, and administrators.

Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Integrating Technology Handout

October 28, 2009

Description: The NETS for Students provide a map for what 21st-century students should be able to do. This session will investigate how teachers can effectively integrate technology seamlessly into their classroom. From the one-computer classroom to one laptop per child, you will see how to make use of different technologies. We will share some best practices and handouts with ideas.

Learn how to identify and discuss ways to categorize the use of technology as a blueprint for integrating its use into the regular classroom.  We will then share sample projects including the exemplary work of students.  These projects focus not simply on content, but also the technology standards set forth in the NETS.  Students in our classes utilize technology as the tool for finding information, collecting data, analyzing data, and communicating their learning.  Students use a wide variety of software and hardware to accomplish the regular tasks assigned in class.  Over the course of a school year, students develop the ability to identify and utilize technology in the normal course of their work. 

Emerging Technologies in the Science Classroom

Emerging Technologies in Science Handout

January 27, 2010

Description:  The world is changing as technology changes the nature of the “community” in which we live.  Students already use technology that brings us closer such as chat rooms, iPods (MP3 players), and digital media.  Using Web 2.0 tools is a natural next step.  Today’s students use FaceBook or MySpace for social connection.  Web 2.0 tools allow for social interaction to be integrated into the curriculum.  We will demonstrate ways to effectively make use of these technologies in the science classroom.  The NETS-S provide standards identifying what students should be able to do related to technology skills. 

Web 2.0 tools provide many opportunities to transform the digital learning environment by providing students with the ability to make social connections in completing their assignments. This session will explore how to use the latest Web 2.0 tools available including Google Docs, Delicious, VoiceThread and more.

Podcasting for Students and Teachers in Science

Podcasting Handout

March 3, 2010

Description: Whether you know how to podcast already or are looking for ideas on how to use podcasting in science, this session is for you.  Pump up lab assignments or have students focus on their observation skills.  Learn the details of publishing and subscribing to podcasts, and gain new ideas for how to use podcasting in your science classroom. Participants will learn how to author a Podcasting session for their science classes and publish it to a wiki.  We use Audacity (freeware for Mac/PC) for simple and complex tasks. We will show participants how to tie their content, curriculum and technology together in meaningful ways that allow them to address both science standards and technology standards.

We will then share sample projects including the exemplary work of students.  These projects focus not only on science but also the technology standards set forth by the NETS-S.  We will also provide a list of ways for participants to find ideas for their specific curriculum.