Six Ways to Integrate Technology with Instruction

Compiled by Sherah B. Carr, Ph.D.  ©2010

#1 - Performance Tasks, Problem Solving, Simulations

How can technology provide critical thinking, problem solving, real life performance tasks and simulations?

The Web Quest Page -  http://webquest.sdsu.edu/

GOES Project Science - weather simulation maps
http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Virtual Roller Coaster - http://www.funderstanding.com/k12/coaster/

Use of Spreadsheets to Support Instruction - http://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/excel.html

 #2  - Pictorial Representation, Graphic Organizers 

Wordle.net - http://www.wordle.net create word clouds for vocabulary work

Eduplace Graphic Organizers - http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/

The Graphic Organizer - http://www.graphic.org

Imagination Cubed - Free Online Painting Tool
http://www.imaginationcubed.com/

Inspiration/Kidspiration - http://www.inspiration.com/resources/index.cfm

Integrating KidPix into Curriculum  http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/kidpix/kidpix.html

Kid Pix Studio Lesson Ideas
http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/KidPix/KPS.html

Classroom Game Templates - Wide variety of choices!http://www.murray.k12.ga.us/teacher/kara leonard/MiniT/Games/Games.htm

Pete's PowerPoint Station - wide variety of subject area presentations
http://pppst.com/

PowerPoint Instructional Ideas from Vicki Blackwell
http://www.vickiblackwell.com/ppttemplates.html

PowerPoint Presentations for K-5 - All subjects
http://www.graves.k12.ky.us/powerpoints/elementary/

PowerPoint Games - Recommended by Sue Carden
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/Ppt-games/

PowerPoint Instructional Games -
http://teach.fcps.net/trt14/Power Point Games/power_point_games.htm

Middle School PowerPoint Games -
http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/PowerPoint.htm#temp

#3 - Feedback, Information Literacy, Beyond the Classroom

Immediate feedback with basic math skills practice:  http://www.aaamath.com/

Check out e-pals: http://www.epals.com/
This site connects over 4.6 million students and educators in 191 countries for classroom-to-classroom projects and cross-cultural learning in the world's largest online classroom community.

#4 - Tactile learning, Interactivity, Animations

Wikis - Great for collaborative input!
See neat intro to Wikis - Wikis in Plain English
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY

Make Your Own Wiki
PBWiki - http://pbwiki.com/
Wiki Spaces - http://www.wikispaces.com/

Teaching with Purpose Wiki - https://teachingwithpurpose.wikispaces.com/

EdHeads - great animations and activities for topics such as simple machines, weather and even virtual knee surgery!
http://www.edheads.org/

BrainPOP is an online educational program, providing content spanning 7 main subjects including: Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Arts and Music, and Technology. Some activities are free some you need to purchase.
http://www.brainpop.com/

Creating or listening to podcasts...listen to Willow Elementary students
http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/shows/Willowcast25.html

#5 - Writing/Word Processing & Project Presentations

Ideas for integrating word processing into curriculum
http://www.intranet.nwoet.org/donna/wp_integration_idea.pdf

Student project based computer presentations
Be sure to see Tammy's All About Me Scavenger Hunt!
See Tammy’s Technology Tips for Teachers http://www.tammyworcester.com

#6 - Real Life Connections, Visual Tools, Photos

Visual Learning Through Technology
http://www.techteachers.com/visual/index.htm

50 Ideas for Digital Camera Use in the Classroom
PowerPoint by Lynn Trudeau and Heidi Miron
Escanaba Area Public Schools, Escanaba, MI

Going Digital in the Classroom - Digital Camera Ideas
http://www.forsythcountyschools.org/its/sbeck/digital/goingdigital.htm

Library of Congress American Memory http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html
Primary source documents including photographs, audio recordings, letters, and statistics.