Children come to school deeply curious about their
surroundings and technology provides an ideal setting for their innate drive to explore and investigate.
The more students are exposed to technology the more likely their morale will be boosted and their eagerness to learn increases dramatically. The more likely students are eager to learn the more likely their performing level can meet academic success during their middle and high schools years. Students will be exposed to not just Americas’ way of excelling but to the worlds’ way of excelling and going beyond their expectations.
Today’s technology standards (International Society for Technology in Education, 2000) challenge teacher education programs across the nation to address the need to produce computer literate teachers who are confident in their ability to choose and incorporate instructional technology into classroom teaching. It is crucial for educators to prepare and share innovative ways of integrating technology into the curriculum for students who are in middle and high school settings (Mistretta, 2005).
Strategy 1: Learn from Visual Displays of Word
Relationships within Text
One word mapping tools
that support visual representation are Wordle and Wordsift
-a free Web application that
allows you to create a word Cloud based on Frequency
Strategy 2: Take a Digital
Vocabulary Field Trip
Teachers can create a
digital version of a vocabulary field trip using a free online program called
trackstar.4teachers.org- It allows you to collect a series of websites
and annotate them so that students follow the online journey.
Strategy 3: Connect Fun and Learning
with Online Vocabulary Games
These sites can be
bookmarked for students’ independent practice and can provide a basis for
www.vocabulary.com- games include crossword
puzzles. Picture-word matches, word scrambles, and 8 letters in search of a
Strategy 4: Use Media to
Express Vocabulary Knowledge
A multimedia composing
and presentation tool that is often underused is PowerPoint . We have certainly
seen many poor PowerPoint example (ex: the ubiquitous three bullet points and silly clip art approach).
www.prezi.com- this allows the student to create a multimedia
presentation with special effects and live video embedded into the PowerPoint.
Strategy 5: Take advantage
of Online Word Reference tools
The visual thesaurus
website complements its fee-based content with free information such as the
Behind the Dictionary and Teachers at Work columns and teacher-created themed
word lists. Many use multiple distribution platforms to reach learners wherever
www.visualthesaurus.com– list free information such as the Behind the Dictionary and
Teachers at work columns.
This blog is intended for any teachers who (k-12) would like to find ways on how to integrate technology into their classrooms.
I will update this blog every week with new and exciting ways on how to integrate technology into the classrooms.
You can also ask me questions about different technologies and I will respond to them.
My name is Kimberly Lane and I am a Blended Learning Specialist.