NECC 2009


Tuesday, June 30th

Creating an Environment for Students to Succeed in Using Technology

3 Hour Workshop: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

NECC 2009 - Creating an Environment Presentation File

In order for our students to demonstrate creativity and innovation in their work, refine their skills of communication and collaboration, become adept at problem-solving, and do so in a critical way, they must evolve through a progressive developmental process.  These 21st century skills are drawn directly from the NETS-S. We’ve created and refined a developmental taxonomy of technology integration that describes the stages through which those, who attempt to use technology, must progress in order to become adept at choosing appropriate technologies to represent their understanding.

Student Creativity and Innovation in Schools

Concurrent Session: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

NECC 2009 - Student Creativity Presentation File

The 21st century classroom is comprised of students who are digital natives. They learn best in a constructivist environment through media interaction, hands-on learning practices, and problem-based strategies. Ben and Jared believe that through communication, collaboration, and problem-solving we can better prepare our students for the global workforce of lifelong learners to which they will soon join. They have dedicated their years of teaching to utilizing a constructivist model with students. This model demands that students become active participants and creators of knowledge as they construct their learning.

The use of technology facilitates this model of the 21st century classroom. The tools and strategies that these two teachers use in their classrooms include, but are not limited to, student response systems, websites, podcasting, interactive whiteboards, moviemaking, course management systems, discussion boards and chat rooms, blogging, wikis, the Office Suite, Inspiration, Web 2.0 applications, and many more.

Using a direct connection between the NETS-S and NETS-T, participants will learn how to use these tools and strategies to enhancing digital literacy and content mastery for their students. They will learn how to design projects centered around the content and supported by these emerging tools. They will be able to facilitate learning by allowing students to blog or discuss daily lessons, create portfolios of their work, and design products to demonstrate the ability to solve problems and work collaboratively with others.

Participants will leave with information pertaining to:

  1. 1.Using audience response systems to change instruction

  2. 2.Using websites to provide curriculum to students beyond the normal school day

  3. 3.Create podcasts to provide lessons, homework help, or have students explain key concepts

  4. 4.Use interactive whiteboards to archive class notes and manipulate digital media

  5. 5.Having students create movies to demonstrate mastery of learning

  6. 6.Use collaborative tools with students to discuss concepts, blog daily events, etc.

  7. 7.Having students create digital archives of their work through portfolios

  8. 8.Having students demonstrate relationships through the spatial arrangements of mind maps

  9. 9.Foster the power of Web 2.0 tools to promote collaboration and communication among students.

The Tech-Based Science Classroom

3 Hour Workshop: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

NECC 2009 - Tech-Based Science Presentation File

Preparing a classroom for the 21st Century learner can be an overwhelming task. It can be difficult to keep pace with the rate at which emerging technologies enter the educational arena. Ben and Jared have dedicated their careers to preparing teachers and students for this ever-changing model of today's classroom. Science is a natural place for technology integration.

Science and technology form a natural bond that allows for the creation of a better learning environment for students and teachers. Students in science classes at Red Lion Area High School 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.

While many technologies such as podcasting are used by teachers, we advocate putting these tools in the hands of students. We teach science with an inquiry approach where students conduct open ended investigations.

Traditional lab reports consist of typed or hand-written documentation of data, results and analysis of laboratory investigations. Participants will learn how to use emergent technologies with students that make laboratory analysis and delivery of results more meaningful through enhancing their communication skills and working collaboratively with their peers. Participants will learn how to use Inspiration, iMovie, and Web 2.0 tools to create digital laboratory write-ups for their science classrooms. 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 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).