Teaching With Technology

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Students appear to have natural abilities to use emerging technology. But the reality is, while students easily grasp the entertainment and communication value of the devices they use, they need to be taught how these tools can be used in learning and critical thought. This is a task for the Learning Commons.

Ontario School Library Association (2010). Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons.

Inquiry & Research

Technology is central to the inquiry and research process. Students interact with technology as they explore ideas, investigate resources, process information and create products to communicate their learning. Teachers and teacher-librarians can provide the instructional context for critical thinking as students access and construct ideas with technology and as they use technology to express themselves. Some resources and applications to be considered in the inquiry and research process include:

When considering: Consider integrating:
Exploring

  • Initiating Inquiry
  • Choosing a Topic
  • Developing Questions
  • Smart Ideas
  • Inspiration / Kidspiration
  • Smartboard / Smart Notebook
  • Virtual Library
  • Library Catalogue
  • Online Collaboration Tools: Blogs, Wikis, Google Apps
Investigating:

  • Designing a Plan
  • Selecting Information
  • Formulating a Focus
  • Library Catalogue
  • Virtual Library
  • Search Engines & Directories
  • Online Reference (i.e., Wikipedia)
  • iPods and other mobile devices
  • Social bookmarking tools: Delicious, Diigo
Processing:

  • Analyzing Information
  • Evaluating Ideas
  • Organizing & Synthesizing Findings
  • Smart Ideas
  • Inspiration / Kidspiration
  • Smartboard / Smart Notebook
  • Online Collaboration Tools: Blogs, Wikis, Google Apps
  • Teaching about:
    • Online world & digital citizenship
    • Issues around academic honesty, plagiarism & copyright
Creating:

  • Making & Presenting Products
  • Extending & Transferring Learning
  • Keynote / Powerpoint
  • Prezi
  • Podcasting: GarageBand, Audacity
  • Video: iMovie, Premiere Elements
  • Comic Life
  • Bitstrips for Schools
  • Frames 4
  • Pages / Word

The Waterloo Region District School Board’s Information Technology Services department offers many professional development opportunities for teachers on using technology for learning. WRDSB staff can view courses on offer and register online using PD Place.