Archive for June, 2007

Technology and Learning: Which do you really focus on?

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We all say that technology is a tool to support education.

Yet we say “We are podcasting about fractions.” In that sentence fractions is not the subject nor main action, podcasting is.

What about “We’re doing PowerPoint presentations about countries.” They are doing PowerPoint, not countries.

Let change our speech so that our words reflect that technology is not a tool, not an end to itself, and not the major focus of what we do in the classroom

“We are learning to convert fractions through podcasting.”

“We are studying the differences in countries through the use of PowerPoint.”

Let’s show others that we are focused on student learning and not technology.

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

Effective technology-Each Technology at Different Thinking Level- NECC

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I gave a session at NECC on Wed. on “Assessing how a school’s academic priorities are supported by technology.” Based on many observations of schools, I’ve come to believe that 70% of all school technology-infused activities are neither focused on state standards or state assessments nor are they effective uses of technology.

Many teachers use multiple technologies in a project. Do the teachers use each technology to raise the thinking level of the project or do they use each technology on the same level of thinking. For example, in a project of analyzing the health of a stream if a teacher has students use digital camera, PowerPoint and Podcasts during the project, does each technology serve as a step to the next ladder of higher learning or are all technologies used at the same level such as comprehension? A teacher can start with digital images for comprehension, have a compare and contrast PowerPoint, and an evaluation done in a podcast.

Do you increase students’ level of thinking through each technology use in the same project/unit?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

 

Being Global Communicators -NECC

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Many years ago, I started my teaching career as a Spanish teacher. Communication was my focus as was the culture of the Hispanic world.

Alan November at NECC on Wed advocated that our students communicate and work with people in other locations. In addition, he stressed that our students have to develop global perspectives on issues. I was amazed that although he talked about helping our students to develop other perspectives, he used English only resources. If we are going to be global, then we have to begin to use another language.

My students used email to correspond in Spanish and to develop projects with students in Hispanic countries. They learned the views of Spanish speaking people (from Spain and Latin America) as well as the cultural values of these people. Were I teaching Spanish today, I would have my students interact through multiple technologies with Spanish speaking people.

How do your students become global citizens through technology?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

Podcasts: Science education or technology focus?

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Do you believe that technology is to support education?

Do you really believe it?

Listen to a student

“I created a planet podcast. It took four days (1 for content, 1 for planning the podcast and 2 days in the lab). Each of us created a podcast about the planets or other parts of the galaxy. We created and posted them. I did not listen to any other students’ podcasts.”

I listened to his podcast. It contain the same facts found in any science book or encyclopedia.

Was this a lesson in Science standards or in technology? 25% of the time was on the content and 75% was on the technology.

Did the teacher focus on academics or on technology? What do you focus on?

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

YOUTUBE TYPE PROGRAMS NECC

YouTube Type Programs

 

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com

 

Google Video

http://video.google.com/?tab=wv

 

AOL.Video

http://video.aol.com/

 

Yahoo Video

http://video.yahoo.com/

 

TeacherTube

http://www.teachertube.com/

 

 

YouTube in the Classroom

YouTube Classroom Video Collaboration

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/youtube-classroom-video-collaboration/

 


YouTube Classroom Use When Blocked By School Filter

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/25/youtube-classroom-use-when-blocked-by-school-filter/

 


YouTube Instructional Video Creation from a Digital Camera

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/22/youtube-instructional-video-creation-from-a-digital-camera/

 


YouTube Video Creation From Camera Still Pictures

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/youtube-video-creation-from-camera-still-pictures/

 


YouTube Stuff- Tagging it so Others Can Find it

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/24/youtube-stuff-tagging-it-so-others-can-find-it/

 


YouTube Educational Videos or Just Comic Videos

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/26/youtube-educational-videos-or-just-comic-videos/

 


YouTube Instructional Videos- Let’s Improve Them!

https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/05/30/youtube-instructional-videos-lets-improve-them/

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

 

 

 

Flickr Resources for NECC

Flickr

Flickr
http://www.flickr.com

Creative Commons License (Free to use in the classroom) Shows photos that can be used by students and teachers as long as they give credit to the authors

http://flickr.com/creativecommons/by-nc-2.0/

 

FlickrLeech—see all of today’s thumbnails

http://www.flickrleech.net/

 

 

Topical and Tag Sorting

Flickstorm sorts by topic rather quickly

http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/

 


Airtight Interactive
–See other tagging connections

http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/


Tagnautica shows the associated tags
and images

http://www.quasimondo.com/tagnautica.php

 

 

Geography

Often teachers want to have pictures of a certain location for their classes. The tools built around Flickr provide easy access to geographically based photos. Bring the world into your class and take your students into the world outside the classroom through using Flickr!

Woophy Geotagged flickr
http://www.woophy.com/map/index.php

 

FlickrMap locates flickr pictures on a world map
http://www.flickrmap.com/

 

Loc.alize.us – Search for an image in the world
http://loc.alize.us/#/geo:0,0,2,k/

 

Mappr Type in a tag and see on the US map where the most recent photos on that tag are located
http://www.mappr.com/mappr.phtml?

 

Educational Uses:

Add Bubbles to a Picture or Series of Pictures/ See Archives

http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/

 

Captioner– Add a speech bubble to an image

http://shadydentist.com/captioner/index.php

 

Spell out words with Flickr pictures
http://metaatem.net/words

 


Guess the common tag-Fastr

http://randomchaos.com/games/fastr/

 

Matchr- Match images with the same tag

http://photomesh.cs.northwestern.edu/matchr/puzzle.php

 

Demonstrate meaning of a word

http://www.wordmingle.com/

 

Phasr- Type in a phrase and see a picture for each word. Can change the image.

http://www.pimpampum.net/phrasr/

There are some phrases in the archives.

 

Fillustrator – type in a phrase and see a picture for each word. Can change the images.

http://www.imagine-it.org/flickr/flillustrator.htm

 

Visual Dictionary – can pick topic and year

http://steeev.f2o.org/flickr/time.php

 

 

 

SlideShows

 

Down pictures for a slideshow

http://flickrslideshow.fateback.com/

 


Flickstorm
sorts by topic rather quickly

http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/

 


Flickr Large SlideShow
– Online Slide Show (large or default)

http://www.tinou.com/flickrslideshow.jsp

 


Online Slide Show
select tag

http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/slideshow.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flickr Resources – Groups Within Flickr

5 sentence minimum stories

http://www.flickr.com/groups/stories/

 

Classroom displays

http://www.flickr.com/groups/classrmdisplays/

 

Flickr in Educ group

http://www.flickr.com/groups/flickredu/

 

Your ideas for using Flickr in your classroom?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

 

 

 

Drowning or Nurturing Technology-Infused Learning

Atlanta is hot! How do people keep their flowers so beautiful? They water them.

I’m wondering how we water our students? Does what we give them provide them with enough to grow on? Do we drown them in non-critical aspects? Will they wilt once they leave the unit since we have not water them down to their roots?

Do we nurture them by creating 1-3 minute podcasts or imovies that pose difficult problems to solve such as reducing cafeteria pollution or selecting playground equipment and figuring out how to position them in an small elementary school playground?

Do we nurture them by having them compare their results with students in a distant location via videoconferencing? Or with a playground architect?

Do we nurture them by embedding short PowerPoint state-assessment practice tutorials and practice into each unit? Do we put these tutorials on the web so the students can review them at any time.

Do our PowerPoints drown them with screen after screen of text?

Do we drown them by having them go web surfing do WebQuests without asking them in-depth or comprehensive questions about their new learning?

Do the students drown in a week long technology-infused activity that is based on the subject area material that they learned the first day?

Does your technology use nurture or drown the students?

 

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007

 

 


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