No more teachers…
 …Writing, Erasing, Writing again, Drawing,
Cutting, Pasting, Pulling their hair out, well,
actually we can’t help you with the last one,
Do you remember when…
 Radio was the newest form of communication?
 TV first appeared and everything was black
and white?
 Color first arrived to our living room sets?
 You bought your first pager or cell phone
What does this have to do with
 These developments were just the beginning of the
advancement of technology
 At first many people thought they were needless and
too confusing to operate, yet, we all became
accustomed to having them in our every day life.
 Today we live in a Cyber World and as Educators we
owe it to our students to learn the latest technology
that the world has to offer.
Making ourselves aware of today's
cutting edge technology.
New tricks of the trade
Ways to get the information
It all starts with the WILL to want to learn
something new!
Welcome to the 21st Century!
Technology in the Classroom..
Presentation developed by:
Drew Krumholz &
Kim Levering
Copyright 2008, all rights reserved!
Possibilities for 21st Education. “Introduction--Education in the 21st Century.”
What is Technology?
 Any modification of the natural world designed by
human beings to solve human problems, enhance
human life, or extend human capability.
 It was identified by the United States Department
of Labor as an essential workplace competency in
a 1992 report called the Secretary's Commission
on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
Why do we need to include it?
 SCANS stated that students should be able to select
equipment and tools, apply technology to specific
tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot equipment.
 The Department of Education recognized its
importance by including technology in the original
cross-content workplace readiness standards.
Standards 8.1, 8.2
 Technological literacy has been further emphasized
by its inclusion as a separate standards area which
focuses on both computer and information literacy and
technology education.
Challenges and Concerns
How much is too much?
 Will our students become dependant, will they find inappropriate
material, will they be able to relate to other human beings?
 Inappropriately used in the classroom, technology can be used
to perpetuate old models of teaching and learning. Students can
be "plugged into computers" to do drill and practice that is not so
different from workbooks. Teachers can use multimedia
technology to give more colorful, stimulating lectures. Both of
these have their place, but such use does not begin to tap the
power of these new tools.
New Tools of the Trade!!
Taking PowerPoint to the next
 Creative project in which students design a
PowerPoint including facts (research), creative
imagery, and their own VOICE RECORDING.
 Great for foreign languages, history, math,
English or just about any class!
E-PAL Connecting Students
Around the Globe…
 Way to connect students and classrooms around
the world
 Similar to a pen pal via email
 Not only useful in a foreign language classroom!
 Forums, suggested activities, BLOGS, discussion
starters, polls… a TRUE GLOBAL COMMUNITY!
 Podcasting in its true form is extremely useful in
any classroom
 Podcasts are not only about recording voice…
they can be extremely creative and engaging
 Can be used as form of student assessment or as
a useful tool in almost any lesson by the teacher
 Let’s look at a sample podcast
QuickTim e™ and a
decom pressor
are needed to see this picture.
•Collaboration/team writing & revising
•Sharing of information
•Easy access to other information on the
•Different forum for posting research and
developing writing skills
•Can constantly be modified/revised
•Easy to post
•Web-based discussion forum
•Sharing of information
•Continuous discussion
•Interactive/collaborative- students can post
new discussions or comment on peer’s
previous postings
•Fosters critical thinking and meaningful
•Opportunity for students to participate in
class discussion, outside of the classroom!
They love it!
•Easy to post videos/links/images,etc.
In the coming school year (‘09-’10), all of my
students in Spanish 1 will become members of my
*Students will write in Spanish in an environment that is familiar and
meaningful to them (Ning is very similar to facebook).
*They will develop their written and conversational Spanish skills
through a fun and relevant approach
*As often as they access facebook, AIM, I-Chat—they will get into the
habit of accessing Ning.
*The development of an online community of students from 8 different
classes all learning Spanish and conversing/practicing with one
another on a regular basis!
Creating a 21st Century
 IPods
 Incorporate music appreciation
 Students hear the language/develop listening skills, speaking
skills, vocabulary, confidence with the language!
 Computers
 Work Plans
 Taking notes- organized and neat
 Newsletters, Emails
 Textbooks on-line
 gain knowledge through other mediums, some websites read
text to students and allow ESL students to hear stories in
their native language
 Cameras
 Classroom photographers
 Recording
What are we looking at as
 The reality is that children today are
growing up in a multi-media environment,
according to Dr. Noboru Kobayashi at a
symposium in Tokyo in 1998.
 Children can broaden their knowledge
through the use of technology.
Our role as educators…
 It is, indeed, our responsibility to meaningfully
integrate technology into our classrooms
 The question that we ask ourselves is, to what
extent is technology useful and how should it be
properly used?
 How can we “scaffold” activities integrating
technology so that students can maximize their
It’s time for change!
 As expert Linda A. Tsantis points out,
educators must rethink their existing
educational paradigms—they exist around a
view of society that no longer exists
 Integrating technology and multimedia
activities helps to prepare students to “accept,
adapt to, and thrive upon change.”
What needs to be done…
 According to a report in 2002 from the National Academy of
 Learning about technology should begin in Kindergarten and
should be infused into all subjects across the board as a tool for
instruction in curricula, teaching materials and in student
 Educators must understand the difference between knowing what
“technology” is and what it means to be technologically literate
 Educators must be taught how to teach technology—how to
integrate it into a well balanced program in which all subjects
infuse technology
 Technology can no longer be viewed as a separate subject (IE:
computer class, shop class)—now, it is part of every class!
The sky is the limit!
 “If used incorrectly, all technology will do is add some
more color to that which is traditional. When used
appropriately, technology will foster interactive
approaches to learning and promote higher order
thinking amongst students
 So let’s get to work teachers! The sky truly is your
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 [SCANS Information}
Other useful resources online:
Quia. (n.d.) Retrieved from
Teacher Web
StudyWiz Spark. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2008 from
Epals Global Community. (n.d.) Retrieved 7 December, 2008 from
NJ Department of Education. (2004). New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards:
Wikispaces. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2008 from
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