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How and why do you Integrate Technology into the Classroom?



The #1 reason you should integrate technology into the classroom would be that every student, teacher, and administrator should know the prices they are paying for their internet connection compared to what every other school around them are paying for it.!!!

2017 The Distribution of Users' Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

The 4 Levels of Technology Proficiency
“Below Level 1” = 14% of Adult Population
Level 1 = 29% of Adult Population
Level 2 = 26% of Adult Population
Level 3 = 5% of Adult Population
Can't Use Computers = 26% of Adult Population
You = Top 5%-8%

Overall, people with strong technology skills make up a 5-8% sliver of their country's population, whatever rich country they may be coming from. Go back to the OECD's definition of the level-3 skills, quoted above. Consider defining your goals based on implicit criteria. Or overcoming unexpected outcomes and impasses while using the computer. Or evaluating the relevance and reliability of information in order to discard distractors. Do these sound like something you are capable of? Of course they do. What's important is to remember that 95% of the population in the United States (93% in Northern Europe; 92% in rich Asia) cannot do these things. You can do it; 92%-95% of the population can't.


Pete Herzog, Managing Director, ISECOM In the race to bring technology to schools, they forgot the children. Kids aren't prepared for handling their own security, privacy or safety.


There is a New Item on the College Admission Checklist: Your LinkedIn Profile demonstrates how social networks are playing a role in the escalation of the college admissions arms race to what might be called the careerization of childhood. College admissions officers already snoop on applicants' public Facebook and Twitter activities — without disclosing how that may affect an applicant's chance of acceptance.
Creating elaborate profiles on LinkedIn, is part of a nationwide digital citizenship push. This may help to bring kids to the attention of college admissions officers so be sure include a link to your application to the college of your choice.
School transcript? ✓ Recommendations? ✓ Personal statement? Test scores? Accomplishments? ✓✓✓ LinkedIn profile? :(

Students thrive when the teacher requires technology use not only for researching and writing but also to solve problems, work collaboratively and develop creativity.


Giving children computers basically does the opposite of what you expect

For better or for worse, homework has gone online. Children these days conduct research on the Internet, post messages to classroom discussion boards or complete Web-based learning programs. The Federal Communications Commission warns that students who don't have fast Internet connections “are at a disadvantage relative to their connected peers,” which is one reason the government spends billions a year helping low-income households hook up to broadband. It's hard to deny the importance of building digital skills. But computers are not just productivity machines — they are also portals to distraction.


are stronger
than raw data

Put technology directly in the hands of students through personalized, project-based learning. Engage all learners with hands-on, minds-on applied technology and promote problem-solving, collaboration, communication and creativity.

Explore the history of hand-clapping games on playgrounds, through wars and migrations, across language barriers and oceans.


How and why to integrate technology into the classroom from the Educational CyberPlayGround

AT&T Seeing the Digital Future (1961)


Jason Jischke Technology teacher @ South Park Middle School

2016 Is It Time To Ban Computers From Classrooms?
For classrooms that do allow devices, students face an ongoing set of choices: to take notes electronically or by hand, to check the textbook or the text message, to check Instagram or Twitter. This bounty of choices, and the multitasking (breaks your brain) that often ensues, may be the very problem that drives some instructors to ban devices altogether. Computer-based multitasking can reduce student learning, not only for those students using devices but also for their distracted neighbors. While the effect of computer usage wasn't huge, it wasn't tiny, either. Being in a condition that allowed computers was associated with a grade drop of about one-fifth of a standard deviation. To make that concrete, imagine a 100-point test with a 9.2-point standard deviation. The average student in a computer-using classroom would score 1.7 points lower than her peers in a computer-free room.

2015 Microsoft study finds that attention spans have dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds in 2015 — less than that of a goldfish ( A SOLID NINE SECONDS)!


Tech Disaster

OECD Education Chief: “Technology is Doing More Harm Than Good”

“Private, Catholic and public schools are reducing their reliance on laptops and tablets following a damning international assessment and concerns over the impact of social media on learning.
“The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools today,” the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's education chief Andreas Schleicher told world leaders at a global education forum this month.
“Last week, John Vallance, the principal of one of Sydney's most expensive private schools, Sydney Grammar, said that laptops were not necessary in class and that more traditional teaching methods were more effective.
“Schools in the Catholic sector are also moving away from laptop centred learning after an OECD report found that countries which have invested heavily in education technology have seen no noticeable improvement in their performances in results for reading, mathematics or science.
“Australia has spent $2.4 billion putting laptops in the bags of as many schoolchildren as possible through the Digital Education Revolution of the Rudd and Gillard governments. “Education is a bit like the stock market, it overshoots.” said St Paul's Catholic College principal Mark Baker.
“Computers have been oversold and there is no evidence that it improve outcomes. Giving out laptops was the educational equivalent of putting pink batts in people's roofs”.

Computer Science Teachers Association dedicated to k12 programming education.
Dr. Mark R. Nelson, Executive Director, and the CSTA Board of Directors
Get the Cyber Teacher Certificate Issued by the Computer Science Teachers Association


Before 1946 "computer", without an adjective meant human computer. When they started constructing electronic ones in the 1940s, they where first called electronic computers to distinguish them from the human kind.

The computer lab in Cambridge was founded in 1937, before electronic computers. At that time their equipment was mechanical calculators and analogue differential analysers. The purpose was scientific computing, especially theoretical chemistry.

Richard Feynman, Winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics, gives us an insightful lecture about computer heuristics: how computers work, how they file information, how they handle data, how they use their information in allocated processing in a finite amount of time to solve problems and how they actually compute values of interest to human beings. These topics are essential in the study of what processes reduce the amount of work done in solving a particular problem in computers, giving them speeds of solving problems that can outmatch humans in certain fields but which have not yet reached the complexity of human driven intelligence. The question if human thought is a series of fixed processes that could be, in principle, imitated by a computer is a major theme of this lecture and, in Feynman's trademark style of teaching, gives us clear and yet very powerful answers for this field which has gone on to consume so much of our lives today. No doubt this lecture will be of crucial interest to anyone who has ever wondered about the process of human or machine thinking and if a synthesis between the two can be made without violating logic.



Alan Kay's tribute to Ted Nelson



Ken Knowlton's tribute to Ted Nelson


THE HOUR OF CODE - ANYBODY CAN LEARN The first step to introduce children to computer science is to participate in the Hour of Code, the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students (and teachers) can learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages.
Whether you're a school teacher, an administrator, an after-school teacher, or a volunteer, provides educational resources for all ages, free of cost. Below is a summary of our curriculum and other programs. Our online courses on Code Studio are meant for use in all settings - in-school, home-schooling, after-school - and can be taught by teachers, parents or volunteers. If you're a parent, you can guide your child to learn online or at a local workshop or camp, or help us in other ways.

CRYPTO FOR KIDS CLASSROOM ACTIVITY collection of activities and training resources for anyone interested in learning about information security topics in a fun and easy way. Instructor-led Activities.

Why did Bobby's school lose their records?
Dear EDUCAUSE Security Mail-list, ( Good luck profiling me <3 )
How to stop me from owning your shit:
Read this: Bobby Tables: A guide to preventing SQL injection
Spend 10 minutes google dorking your own site: ext:asp OR ext:aspx OR ext:cfm OR ext:jsp OR ext:do OR ext:php
Write down what extensions you have.
Then do this: ext:asp inurl:asp*id (Do this for the rest of the extensions as well) then test each result for sqli, and put -filenameyouauditted and continue. Viola you have just found sqlis in your sites and now follow to fix them.
Now for the hard truth: keep reading

2014 How to Integrate Tech use a Walkman - Get ready to feel old thanks to the latest "Kids React" video. Kids introduced to Walkman cassette players, hilarity ensues.


1966 prediction of the home computer for 1999





2013 Pew survey of 2,462 teachers says 73% of students use mobile devices to complete assignments, 45% use e-readers, and 43% use tablets.

Some key points:

  • Tablet sales (all models) are expected to top 191 million units this year.
  • Smaller and cheaper prices are main reasons for increased sales.
  • Larger tablets (i.e., iPad) are losing popularity with consumers.
  • Google's Android market share will peak at 49% this year and will strip market share from Apple, which will drop to 46%.
  • Windows' Surface tablet will grow to 3% this year, and 7% by 2017.

Operating Systems to develop for are, in order of market share:

  • 1 Google Android
  • 2 Apple iOS
  • 3 Windows RT/8
  • Smaller devices will dominate, including smart phones, Nooks, Kindles, iPad Mini, and other small tablets.

How to Integrate Technology into the Classroom?




Time Of Code
"Hour of Code", "Week of Code" tutorials!
Helpful introduction for learning something new or brushing up on skills, to get back in the mindset of programming. You have to be in a coding mindset and know the basics of programming, from there it's just learning a new language or updating.


If You Don't Have Teacher Access To YouTube At Your School, Then This Search Engine is a “Must” if you are fortunate enough to work in a school that allows you to use YouTube, you still might want to use View PureSafe Share to prevent the accidental display of inappropriate "related" videos or advertisements.

Websites for girls and young women. How to help girls get into technology.

TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) is a grassroots employee driven program that recruits, mentors, and places high tech professionals who are passionate about digital literacy and computer science education into high school classes as part-time teachers in a team teaching model where the school district is unable to meet their students' Computer Science needs on its own. Reach the kids, especially girls by middle school with computer and programming opportunities and generally this isn't happening in school.

Coding/Robotics Learning Continuum:
Teaching programming to middle and high school age children resource that's being crowd-sourced with coding resources and curriculum mapped across grade levels.

Essay about the non-profit startups who are in business to teach kids outside of the public school system.
CS teachers in public schools need our support, to make get CS legislated as a requirement in schools, and most importantly, to make sure that the playing field is level and that classes are available not just to the kids who can afford the time and hardware resources.

Computer Science Teachers of America
keeps a directory listing of regional chapters who can help put together after school workshops - not for students, but for teachers, to introduce them to new teaching tools and brainstorm on curriculum (and also to figure out other ways in which they can help).

Culture Trumps Technology

Ladies Learning Code seeks to close gender tech gap: How the teacher matters.

DIY 3D Printing Class Instead of "Shop" and "Home Ec"

"Net Generation" or "Millennial" Students and the Academic Library.

An ever increasing number of students consist of the so-called "Millennials": today's teenagers and twentysomethings who are the first generation to grow up fully wired and technologically fluent. Blogs (Podcasting), MP3 players (MP3), instant messaging (Cell Phones), social networking technologies, and portable electronic devices are seamlessly woven into their daily lives. These students will have different requirements and expectations of libraries than their predecessors.

Heather McGhee on the Millennial Generation by


Find all the Web 2.0 information a classrom teacher needs to understand and be able to use.

Use these tools to actively involve students in the classroom.

1. “Journalism Futurists” Are described as thinkers and designers who employ emerging technologies to make citizen journalism more accessible, compelling, and intellectually rich.
Zeega The open-source web tools will be designed to foster new genres of investigative journalism and media art, making collaborative multimedia documentaries cheaper and easier to produce.


2. A free and open source software that makes personal publishing as easy as word processing. Make your life and your students' life easier by keeping a classroom or subject blog.

3. Flickr A nice tool to get a stream of images on any topic. Make content available to your students only.

4. Yapa Capa! A free blackboard for teachers & students. Teachers can create assignments and tests, which are scored and analyzed and share other teachers tests as well.

5. Quizlet More than just flashcards and very easy to use. Get students started on good study habits.

6. Tizmos It's a place to put thumbnails of sites. Very useful to construct if you want students to go to certain places only. It can also cut down on random searches.

7. Joomla A podcast site by Kyle Mawer & Graham Stanley on using digital games in teaching & language learning.

8. Today's Meet Encourages the students to use the live stream in the classroom to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to make presentations and lets teachers sharpen their points and address student needs.

9. Simple Solver Very easy to use tool for collaborative projects, brainstorming and problem solving. Students will enjoy using this for group discussions.

10. One True Media A blast for doing presentations. Use your photos you can download directly from Flickr and you can even use sound too.

11. Ediscio Another collaborative flashcard tool. This one gives you learning statistics.

12. Xtra Normal For creating text to speech animated movies. A useful tool for social development.

13. Cmap Tools Build interactive, collaborative mind maps with text, video, and weblinks. Used by many high school teachers and college professors advanced for advanced project work and EAP writing.

14. Photo Peach Have students create themed stories and leave comments for each other. Used by teachers for some time now. >

15. WordSift Used for vocabulary and English, you and your students can analyze text and get information about the vocabulary in it.

16. Overstream A free tool that allows you to add subtitles to online videos. Gives teachers the URL and the embed code.

17. Phasr You can visually illustrate a sentence with this tool. Students type a sentence and then look for a Flickr image to go with each word.

18. Shidonni A virtual world for young children. They can create imaginary worlds and animals, play games and interact with each other.

19. Sliderocket Create a stunning-looking PowerPoint-style multimedia presentation which can then be viewed and shared online. A great way to introduce topics in the classroom.

20. eyePlorerUse this tool to develop digital literacy. Used by a number of teachers from preschool to high school seniors.

21. The Speech Accent Archive This tool can be used for any linguistics project. You will see sets of speech samples from all around the world.


2012 AT&T has joined forces with DefCon Kids in sponsoring a hacking contest during the second annual conference that runs in conjunction with the adult DefCon in Las Vegas. Whoever finds the most zero-day bugs in mobile apps wins an iPad and $1,000, courtesy of DefCon Kids. Inspiration for the competition came out of a new class of mobile
vulnerabilities that the young hacker, who goes by "CyFi," reported last year to AT&T. After getting bored with her progress in one of her favorite mobile app games, CyFi discovered a so-called "time-travel" flaw in her mobile gaming app that let her move time ahead on the device so she could further progress in the game. That meant she didn't have to
wait for things to happen in the game, for example. These bugs affect any app on any mobile tablet and smartphone operating system platform. AT&T helped CyFi notify all of the affected mobile app developers last year, but only a few have actually fixed the bug. DefCon Kids plans to run the hacking contest until most of the app developers finally fix the problem, which could be for some time given that most mobile app developers are not yet security-savvy.
DefCon Kids, which launched last year for kids to learn about white-hat hacking during the grown-ups' DefCon conference.

Students using these tools will engage in gaining knowledge of the subjects they are studying instead of being passive listeners.

21. Go!Animate Takes story telling using online cartoon strip makers a little bit further by allowing students to spark life into characters and create short animations. A super tool to foster creativity and engage students.

22. English Cafe Many teachers recommended this for adult ESOL learners. A fun site for facilitators to explore and contribute too.

23. Animoto Teachers and their students can upload pictures and sounds and create professional looking videos which can then be downloaded and shared online. Promote enthusiasm to less exciting tasks such as extended writing and practicing oral pronunciation.

24. You can easily share files using this tool. It is very easy for students to use as well.

25. Google Video Allows users to search, upload, and share videos online for free. There is even an educational category providing hour long videos.

26. Penzu Keep an online journal using this site. This can be useful for both students and teachers.

27. Kinder Site Projects A great resource for Kindergarten teachers. Find educational games, songs & stories made especially for kindergarteners.

28. Smilebox Especially good for class blogs, this tool has some nice templates. Classmates can share photos or save them for their own projects.

29. MakeBeliefsComix Encourage writing, reading , and storytelling. With this tool, students can create online comics.

30. SimplyBox Research can help students learn more about the subjects they're studying. Teachers can help them to think "outside the box" with this tool.

31. Hot Potato An easy tool that's free to educators. Build your own crosswords, matching exercises, short answer multiple-choice, and jumbled sentences. Makes homework prep a breeze.

32. Tweet Scan More and more teachers have been experimenting with this tool in real time agreement to support vocabulary development.

33. Shwup With way cool effects, students can build video slideshows with their photos. They can then be embedded into a blog or downloaded as a MP4 video.

34. Diigo Education Any annotations you make on a web page can be saved and sent to students or colleagues. This tool is popular among teachers because it offers the ability to create accounts for a whole class and it protects the students' privacy.

35. Jamendo A good way to add some music to a class blog. It can also be helpful to introduce music while working with lyrics in the classroom.

38. Wizlite Allows you to highlight text just like on real paper. Find a page on the Internet and share it with students or classmates.

39. Eyespot: Neat site where users can actually create video mixes online and share them with others. You can add up to 100 clips or photos to a movie as well as add transition and video effects.

40. Tag Galaxy A nice way to search through Flickr images. Just type in your tag and watch as numerous images appear.


These tools will highly motivate students to participate in assignments.

41. Voki Allows students to create wacky avatars then record themselves speaking. Some teachershave found it to be a fantastic way to assess speaking in the target language.

42. Glogster A safe and private classroom management platform used by millions of educators and students around the world.

44. Tokbox A fun way to get students talking via video-mail. You can also use it for creating class presentations and you can even talk live.

45. Mayomi A free flash-based mind mapping tool that lets you map out ideas, projects, research topics, or anything else that can be dug into. Great for students when it comes to writing essays.

46. Mashface Upload a photo of a famous individual, then uses a webcam to add your voice and lips to that person. This could be perfect for getting into the mind of a famous person being studied in history or other subjects.

47. Advanced Survey Teachers can create customized subject survey introduction and conclusion pages. Post to your blog and even put the logo on every page.

48. Mind 42 A free mind map maker with an emphasis on the collaboration. Google instant messenger is built in and if you are a Wikipedia fan there is also an option to attach an article.

49. Slidestory This tool allows you to record a narration with your slide show. Post on the web for students or classmates to see.

50. Comiclife A very intuitive comic creator with a free trial and a modest purchase price. It's lots of fun and great for those reluctant writers.

51. A series of talks by a variety of striking people. The goal is to bring people from the worlds of technology, entertainment, and design together.

52. Writeboard A place to create shareable, web-based text documents. Write solo or collaborate with others.

53. Vimeo this video-hosting site has a clean interface, includes HD video uploads, and videos can be kept private. A respectful atmosphere lets you & your students' creativity thrive.

54. Yugma A free web collaboration device that lets you instantly connect to students and colleagues all over the internet. A way to communicate and share content and ideas using any type of application or software.

57. Podcasting Tools A strong>well-done overview about the process of making a podcast. Learn from the beginning to the end and everything in between. VoiceThread Online presentation site that lets you attach audio and video. Other users can leave audio and video comments.

60. Citebite Useful for reading comprehension, reading a specific portion of text, or even for highlighting a literary device within a text or poem. Students will no longer waste time, announcing, "I can't find it!" or return to school saying they couldn't do the homework!


Using these tools will empower you to teach students to take ownership of their own projects.

61. Wikispaces Create a public, online wiki for free. This is great for group assignments and class collaborations.

62. Twitter We all are pretty familiar with Twitter. Teachers are trying this out more and more with their students to instantly post and receive short messages.

63. Bloglines A good aggregator tool for skimming the titles of blog posts from many different blogs.

64. Wordia Get video word definitions from here or upload them on your own. Find out how everyday people use the English language.

65. ToonDoo A web application that allows students to create their own comic strips. Highly motivational, it allows students to express themselves in a more creative way.

66. JayCut This is not just a video-hosting site. You can actually edit your uploaded video and store it online.

67. Issuu Lets you upload office or pdf documents and turn them into a collage type album with pages that turn. Students will love this for their special assignments.

68. Apture Makes learning and finding information easier since it is in linear form. Your information's deeper meaning occurs with richer context in a shorter time frame. This relevant content remains within your classroom site.

69. NetVibes Fairly simple web based aggregator that allows you to collect all of your RSS feed on a single web page. Bring together your favorite media sources with online sources.

70. Class Blogmeister This blog site was set up specifically for educators and students. There are a number of privacy controls that are already built-in.

71. ArtRage 2 You and your students can paint with thinned oils, use wet or dry markers, soften the pencil and control the hardness of the crayon, and much more.

72. This easy and free online tool allows you to brainstorm ideas, save your mind map as an image, share with students, and create colorful mind map organizers.

73. Adobe Connect Now Have a 3 person or site conference with this online conferencing system. You can share files, use a whiteboard, and create audio and video.

74. Asterpix Create an interactive video through the use of hyperlinking. Add more information to your video for students to access when they play it back.

75. 80 Million Tiny Images Visual dictionary of Google images that presents a visualization of nouns in the English language. You can also label the images.

76. Carbonmade: Your Online Portfolio One fabulous way for art or photography students to create a free online portfolio to share work in your class, share with other students, or even submit as an online collection for competitions or college admissions.

77. Zoho Creator An way to make an online database application that can be used for surveys, inventories, data collection, and much more.

78. Calendar Hub Teach organizational skills to your students by using these calendars in class. They will enjoy being able to take responsibility for their own time management by creating their own calendar.

79. EtherPad It's easy to use and no password is needed. A shared notepad that lets you store your revisions and synchronize with others.


These tools allow students to use different learning styles. Students who are visual learners can read information; auditory learners can listen to information on podcasts.

80. Gabcast Use this application for podcast creation and hosting sites. You or your students can even use your cell phone to record the podcast.

81. Dabbleboard Make whiteboard drawings and graphic organizers in an online space you can share with others. Since more than one computer can work on the whiteboard at a time, students in multiple locations can add to the board at the same time.

82. Anki This is what is called a spaced repetition system (SRS). It can help students remember things by intelligently scheduling flashcards. This helps when trying to learn a lot of information at one time.

83. edublogs A free blog-hosting site for educators and students of all ages.

84. GoogleEarth Satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Students can see the world from a different point of view which makes learning interesting.

85. Fleck Put sticky notes and annotations onto existing web pages and share them with others. You can tell students exactly what you want them to do on a page and point out instances.

86. Kwout Capture part of a webpage and embed it onto any other site, while keeping link in the image active. Students will love this for individual assignments.

87. FURL A web page storage site that gives teachers and opportunity to save personal favorite sites in an online archive. You can also search, via tags, the archives of others.

88. Blogger Said to be one of the best online blog creation sites for classrooms. User friendly and privacy features are now available.

89. Wordle Turns any given text into a word cloud then picks out the most common words and give them prominence by increasing their size. Behind this simple concept lies many possibilities for use in the classroom.

90. Befuddlr Add some fun to your pictures by making them into puzzles using this free site. This easy-to-use, free site offers choices of flickr picture groups to choose from.

91. Many Eyes A take on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Use this tool to create great discussions and debates in your classroom.

92. Big Universe Now, your students can create their own picture books with just a few clicks. Or if you want, you can read countless other books written by students. They also offer publishing of students' writing.

93. Funnelbrain Create flashcards for studying in a variety of courses from basic to advanced. Take flashcard one step further by using collaboration, and also choose the next cards based upon correct or incorrect answers.

94. DarkCopy A text editor for free writing. This is for those teachers and students who enjoys the simplicity of a typewriter, and wants to increase productivity by focusing only on writing.

95. WiZiQ Virtual classroom application that is fully equipped with 2-way audio, text chat, whiteboard, PowerPoint and PDF document sharing capabilities.

96. Boostcast A user owned and generated video base that you control. Create and manage your own video site with your own chosen name and customized access and features.

97. Gliffy Research shows that graphic organizers promote strong thinking skills and comprehension for all age groups. assign groups to create study guides using this collaborative tool.


Do kids use computers and get anything out of it?
Harris folded all teen social tools into its research, finding that 85% of 13-to-18-year-olds have email contact lists, 81% IM buddy lists, 77% have cellphones, and 75% have social-networking or community site profiles. But "for both tweens [ages 8-12] and teens [13-17]. Video Games

Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds
is the third in a series of large-scale, nationally representative surveys by the Foundation about young people's media use. The report is based on a survey conducted between October 2008 and May 2009 among a nationally representative sample of 2,002 3rd-12th grade students ages 8-18,including a self-selected subsample of 702 respondents who completed seven-day media use diaries, which were used to calculate multitasking proportions.

"The Net Generation Goes to College" by Scott Carlson in *The Chronicle of Higher Education*, vol 52, 7 (Oct 7, 2005), p. A34

Joan Lippincott's chapter "Net Generation Students and Libraries" in *Educating the Net Generation*

"The MySpace Generation: They live Online. They Buy Online. They Play Online. Their Power is Growing." *Business Week* Dec 12, 2005, p. 86


Fran Lo Speaking from experience:

  1. Have a plan B -
    Example: alternate website when the one you were planning to have students use is not working or disappeared.
    Example: non-tech version of the activity if the network/computers are down. Or a non-tech version of a related activity.
  2. Let kids teach each other.
    They are generous with their knowledge, and often it's the kids who aren't ordinarily classroom stars who finally get to show they're good at something.
  3. Let kids make mistakes.
    Kids will not listen to you explain how to do something - they are too busy thinking about getting their hands on the technology. Tell them where you want them to get to, then let them figure out how to get there (a very valuable skill in relation to technology, by the way). If you have a series of small skills to teach, such as skills with Microsoft Word, create a written scavenger hunt listing what you want them to do, then let them figure it out. Afterwards, they will be much more willing to watch/listen to a demonstration.


  1. You didn't provide specific websites for them to go to.
  2. Students are not familiar with the Internet and don't know where to go.
  3. Students are not familiar with search techniques, so don't know what to do.
  4. Students at the computer take a lot of time and the others have nothing to do.
  5. Your computer doesn't work


Execute Student Centered Collaborative Learning: Define your purpose for using the Internet and the activity using the information that they find.

Monitor the Internet: Google has given a $1 million grant to a team at Georgia Tech in order to build tools to help users around the world monitor the internet for free. The goal is to build web-based tools any user can use that enables them to detect Internet throttling, government censorship, and other transparency problems. It will let users verify that their ISPs are delivering the upload and download speeds they were promised. It will let users learn if their governments are blocking or modifying the Internet without their knowledge. It will basically help users know if they are being cheated from the raw internet.

Integrate Literacy, Music and Technology into your classroom.

Make sure to plan your lesson to include yourself in a way that lets you *guide* the students' activities without having the activities actually revolve around you as the centerpiece.

If you are going to use the net in any classroom start INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN KINDERGARTEN

Now progress to What you are supposed to cover between grades 8 - 12 where you will find Technology Applications Standards.

What's so great about the money and time spent on using technology? Why would administrators or teachers need to learn how to use it?

The media specialist is the only professional who specializes in teaching technological information literacy is one point of view. Due to teacher contractual constraints for prep time especially at the elementary level, the media specialist is the only educational professional trained to integrate and teach technology through collaboration with teachers in all curricular areas. Without the expertise of an information specialist, students fail to become information literate. 21st Century Literacy includes that we graduate students who know how to use research databases, e-mail netiquette, web safety and computer software programs.
Students also need an authentic reason to use these technology tools.
The media specialist receives special training in a graduate level program to teach technology and information literacy fully integrated into the curricula; they are experts in both areas and should be of primary consideration when reassessing or contemplating how to teach technology. Computer teachers, only have expertise in teaching applications but they miss everything else.


Technology Standards Every High School Should have a Ham Radio and someone who knows How to use it in case of an emergency when all the cell phone technolgy breaks down every High School Should should have a Ham Radio and a student who knows how to use it.

  1. Learn to Be a Ham Radio operator
  2. WIFI Wireless Wide Area Networks for School Districts by Dave Hughes
  3. And if you need a directional antenna, DIY wifi signal booster, you can build a Pringles cantenna on the cheap! Make your own Antenna extend your wifi connection.
  4. How to secure Software Defined Radios
  6. Code Talkers To keep the Japanese from getting American secrets in World War II, Navajos - among the original Americans - spoke over the radio in their native tongue. Learn about the most romantic story in American cryptology.
  7. Integrated Thematic Unit and Lesson Plans


  • Voting for First Grade Favorites
    Math, Social Studies, Technology - Grade 1
  • Habitats - What Makes a Good Home?
    This lesson combines three great technologies to teach about habitats, including video clips from United Streaming, an interactive web site, and Kidspiration - Grade 2
  • Subtraction Action
    This lesson plan uses virtual base blocks to teach subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers. Additionally it incorporates a video clip to engage the students and further explain the concepts - Grade 2
    Technology Media Curriculum - TISS (Technology Integration Scope and Sequence) lesson plans, standards, and rational for a K-5 tech integration.

Middle School


  • Eric Langhorst a history teacher [email] from South Valley Junior High Liberty, MO who developed 15 to 20-minute podcasts, called "StudyCasts," in which he discusses study guides for upcoming tests. Students are able to download the "StudyCasts" from the classroom Web site, receive additional subject content and study review sessions for tests. His other podcast, "Speaking of History," focuses on effective uses of technology and resources in the junior high classroom. Langhorst blog

    The Lost Art: There is no easy way to gets kids hooked today. Why Johnny can't code.
    BASIC used to be on every computer a child touched -- but today there's no easy way for kids to get hooked on programming.
    If you want to give young students a grounding in how computers actually work, there's still nothing better than a little experience at line-by-line programming. Almost none of the millions of personal computers in America offers a line-programming language simple enough for kids to pick up fast. Not even line-programming languages like BASIC. the one that was a on nearly all machines, only a decade or so ago. And that is a problem for our nation and civilization.
  • Have several groups involved at their desks with print copy material, while other groups are on the computers.
  • The groups on the computers must be given several sites for them to visit that you have already selected for them to go to.
  • First do a boolean search lesson with a LCD projector for everybody to teach them search skills.
  • Demonstrate how to use boolean search strategies to create keywords to find those sites.
  • Have the kids do this as a lesson at their seats.
  • After teaching them boolean search logic, have them write out some keyword searches. Reinforce the importance of correct spelling, this makes the search engine work correctly.
  • Teacher can type these key words into a search engine for the whole class to see how well these words work.
  • Divide students up into groups. Give each group a folder with detailed instructions stapled inside.
  • Make something you can enjoy and use like a portable music player using Minty Mp3 see the make your own flash-based MP3 player.
  • Center for Digital Government's “State of the Portal” compendium, this interactive map represents a snapshot of some of the most important online features and service capabilities offered by all 50 states. A valuable resource whether you are a state CIO, a local government employee or an interested constituent, this data-rich tooallows for quick comparisons between and among states, ideas for enhancing a state portal program and the potential funding and governance models for delivering services in the age of e-government.
  • Online Signup for Recycling Bins Saves City Millions

Any Grade


Technology Can Be a Tool for Student Success, and a Distraction at Home
“The problem that kids are facing is that when high-speed Internet service comes into their home, it's leading them to do things like play games online, and chat or Facebook with their friends — and it's actually leading them to spend less time on their homework,” said Jacob Vigdor, professor of public policy and economics at Duke University.
“We see that when broadband Internet service comes into a student's ZIP code, the amount of time they report spending using their computers for school work actually declined,” he said. They wrote that there was very little evidence in existing research to support a positive relationship between computer access at home and academic outcomes. In fact, the opposite might be true: School performance seems to decrease. Another factor is parental supervision, or other forms of guidance and support, in students' lives.


More Higher Education Female CIOs Will Be Needed Within the Next Decade
October 14, 2010 - he percentage of higher education female technology executives will hit a new low in the next 10 years. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart Blazes a Trail as New York State CIO
August 17, 2010 - The first black female CIO of New York state went from living in housing projects to launching statewide IT projects.

Digital Divide vs Digital Equity
AIMED AT BOYS: The Federation of American Scientists declared that video games can redefine education. The theory is that games teach skills that employers want. It captivates students so much they will spend hours learning on their own.[1]

Women, Girls and Technology

AIMED AT GIRLS: There are Girl Gamers too. Girls' use of technology threatens the established social order. That's the real reason behind the fear of girls using social networking sites. Throughout US history, each time women have become the most frequent users of a popular and brand new communication technology, narratives emerge in the mass media and eventually in the popular psyche about the dangers awaiting women who use technology alone.

MOST CLASSROOM TEACHERS ARE FEMALE: There are other views about ways of training:
A classroom teacher has the best foundation for understanding a classroom teacher's schedules, constraints, and all the grips of "I just don't have enough time to also use computers in my classroom!"
"Tech" training can come from on the job experiences of learning the applications while creating lessons to integrate the curriculum. Honestly, the most valuable part of training could be from classroom teaching. It truly gives the foundations for appropriate learning activities, understanding how children learn, and how to communicate with teachers so they trust me when I say- "Well, we could just teach it this way with the computer and get the same results academically."

A dollar bought one transistor in 1968
and about 10 million transistors in 2002

October Named National Cyber Security Awareness Month October designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month with state, local and federal government officials joining industry groups and computer security companies to highlight efforts that will be taken this month to educate consumers in how to stay safe online.

No books to buy, no hidden fees. Complete courses and tutorials for more than 120 different vocational and academic disciplines. This is the best reason in the world to use technology in your classroom or your home.

Computer Networks Explained


A Retrospective on Twenty Years of Education Technology Policy
A new report from the Center for Children and Technology (CCT) finds a striking consensus in past recommendations for the effective integration of technology in schools and offers advice about recommendations for the next 20 years. "A Retrospective on Twenty Years of Education Technology Policy" synthesizes the findings of more than 25 major studies and policy papers, beginning with "A Nation at Risk" in 1983. In examining past research and policy work on technology's role in education, CCT researchers identified a conceptual framework that offers substantial guidance for striking a balance between the demands of improving practice over time and pressing public concerns such as accountability and equity. According to the report, the\focus of educational technologists and researchers has shifted away from an emphasis on "single input" strategies, such as the wiring of schools, to an appreciation of the multiple dimensions of the educational system that influence the way technology is used. "The lessons learned in this report can help to guide future educational technology policy so that we are building on past successes and continually working to improve teaching and learning," said CCT Director Margaret Honey. Forum Summary

The 100th anniversary of powered, piloted flight was celebrated in 2003. Check out the history of aviation and share the excitement of a flight simulation of the original Wright Flyer

Contact the Technology Student Association to help high school students experience engineering through TEAMS, an annual competition in which students use their math, science and 21st century learning skills to problem-solve real everyday challenges.