Global Updates From World View
Using Technology to Connect to the World
As the world continues to change around us, so does technology and the ways it can be used in our schools and classrooms. Why not use technology to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the world? This month’s Global Update introduces educators to technology, beyond a computer with Internet connection as a means for increasing global understanding. See below for information on popular gadgets and services, authoring and communication tools, online training and support, and additional internet resources. Lists of computer terms and technology grant opportunities are also provided. Technology will continue to change and we welcome your additions and comments on how you are using technology to make global connections!
Classroom Performance System (CPS)
CPS is a student response system using wireless connectivity. It gives instructors and students immediate feedback from the entire class. The response pads are remotes that each student operates and can be used to answer questions from the teacher, or to take multiple choices tests and quizzes. www.mhhe.com/cps/index.shtml
Document Cameras from companies such as AVerMedia, enable the educator to display documents, 3-D objects, microscopic images, and more through multimedia projectors, monitors or TV’s. This new technology enhances the education of today’s visual learning. aver.com
Interactive whiteboards allow a computer to become a whiteboard, projected onto a screen or LCD for all of the class to view, or to be view remotely and simultaneously all over the world by networked participants. SMART Technology is a leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other innovative teaching products. smarttech.com
Smart TV technology will allow the educator to instantly project information from a PC to a television screen and have the ability to toggle to a DVD or VHS system when necessary.
Discovery Education United Streaming is a digital “video-on-demand” and online teaching service. There is a fee associated with using this service. www.unitedstreaming.com
Web cams offer educators the opportunity to introduce their classroom to a live feed from a distant location. Many travel websites now offer a live feed from their web cams allowing students to visit a new destination without ever leaving the classroom. Two-way web cams provide live communication between sister schools, student exchanges, and teacher exchanges. For more great ideas visit: www.educationworld.com/a_tech/sites/sites081.shtml
|AUTHORING and COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Elluminate is a provider of live Web conferencing and eLearning solutions. Users can expand the boundaries of the physical classroom with remote guest speakers, connect students from other classrooms around the world for combined lessons, and record content for students who miss a class or need help preparing for exams. In addition to the software, all that is needed is a computer, a hardwire connection to the internet, and a web cam. www.elluminate.com/
Inspiration Software, Inc
Inspiration develops and publishes software tools that encourage learners to brainstorm, organize, plan and create. www.inspiration.com/companyinfo/index.cfm
Microsoft Publisher allows you to create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletter, brochures, flyers, catalogs, and websites. office.microsoft.com/en-us/publisher/default.aspx
Muvee is an automatic video production program that will allow you to choose your photos, home video clip, music, and editing style in order to develop your own presentation. Muvee synchronizes your choices and produces a personalized video show. www.muvee.com/en/
PB Wiki allows you to create a website that can be edited and collaborated with others. Teachers can mark their wiki public or private allowing only their students to have editing access to the page when necessary. www.pbwiki.com/edu.wiki
Print Shop allows you to create anything from basic greeting cards to elaborate brochures, calendars and more. www.printshop.com
Skype is a software application downloaded onto your computer that lets you talk over the Internet to other people using Skype, anywhere in the world for free. www.skype.com/
Website creation and development programs (i.e. Dreamweaver and Frontpage)
Easily create your own website as website makers are more user-friendly and intuitive in programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Frontpage. www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/ and www.microsoftfrontpage.com/
Atomic Learning provides web-based software training and curriculum resources for a variety of useful applications including word processing, spreadsheets, charts, and publishing applications. movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/home
International Society for Technology Education
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation, promoting the effective use of technology in PK–12 schools and teacher education. www.iste.org
|ADDITIONAL INTERNET RESOURCES FOR THE CLASSROOM
Digitized versions of primary sources and digitized artifacts. memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of educational materials. www.curriki.org
EvaluTech provides access to a wealth of resources that support teacher instructional needs. There are links to lesson plans and web resources, policy information and resources about virtual learning, online professional development, other organizations that evaluate instructional materials, and information about accessibility and research-based programs and materials, all reached through a keyword-searchable database. www.evalutech.sreb.org
Search engines such as Google and Yahoo allow one to choose a topic and research that topic exclusively in a database of video clips. www.google.com and www.yahoo.com
Google Lit Trips
An example of integrating technology with literature, Lit Trips, uses Google Earth to take students on a virtual adventure and discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place.www.googlelittrips.com/
iHistory Podcast Project
Create a podcast or listen to a podcast of students and teachers walking through history.
Royalty free images for purchase or download. www.istockphoto.com/index.php
Help out people in developing countries by giving them small business loans that they pay back to you. www.kiva.org/
Mapping Technology online
Location navigators such as Google Earth and GPS Visualizer combine common mapping techniques with innovative satellite imagery bringing a new sense of geography into the classroom. www.earth.google.com and www.gpsvisualizer.com
Web Quests are internet research activities in which students read, analyze, and synthesize information. For ideas visit: www.educationworld.com/a_tech/sites/sites003.shtml
Wikitravel provides free travel information in the form of a wiki, allowing the public to edit and add to travel information from all over the world. wikitravel.org
Real-time data with tickers continually updating data about world population, carbon emissions, hunger and more. www.worldometers.info/
|COMPUTER L-I-N-G-O 101: TOP 10
#1 Blog (n.): short for “web log”, a blog is a web page that serves as an individual’s public personal journal. Typically updated regularly, blogs often reflect the personality of the author. Other forms Blog (v.): To author a web log.
#2 Breadcrumb (n.):Breadcrumbs are a navigational tool on web sites to and provide a visual trail to show you what virtual path you took to get to the final site.
#3 Cookie (n.) Information sent from a website’s server to your computer and stored by your browser. Cookies are used to provide customized web pages according to a profile of the user’s interests. You provide this information, such as your name and address, when logging on to or registering on a website.
#4 Firewall (n.):A Firewall is a security measure designed to protect a computer’s stored information from intruders by allowing or blocking traffic into and out of a computer network or individual computer.
#5 Link Rot (n.) :A link that no longer is operational, often caused by constantly changing URLs.
#6 Mash-up (n.): A term used to describe a hybrid of two or more different web-based services or applications. Usually created by hackers and programmers, a mash-up, for example, could overlay traffic data from one source on the Internet over maps from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google or any content provider.
#7 Podcast (n.): A web-based broadcast for viewing syndicated multimedia web site content accessible by subscription and typically sent to a mobile device, such as an iPod.
Other forms Podcast (v.): to distribute the web-based content over the Internet to subscribers.
#8 Social Networking Sites (n.): Websites designed to build online communities for individuals with common interests to communicate. Members can share files, photos, chat online, and more. One site in particular, LiveJournal (livejournal.com), is an online journaling community and can be used as another source for students to write, similar to a blog. Individually created pages can be kept private or be made public and used for social networking. Other popular social networking sites include: MySpace (www.myspace.com/), Facebook (www.facebook.com/), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/)
#9 Web 2.0 (n.):A phrased coined in 2004, Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of Internet use, with emphasis placed on user participation and interaction through web-based communities and hosting services including social networking, wikis, social bookmarks, blogging, and RSS newsfeeds.
#10 Wiki (n.) A collaborative web site containing the collective work of many authors. Though similar to a blog, a wiki allows additional users to edit, delete, or modify content that has been placed on the web site.
|TECHNOLOGY GRANTS and AWARDS
Best Buy Award - communications.bestbuy.com/communityrelations/teach.asp
Digital Wish Grant - www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards
Dollar General Grant - www.dollargeneral.com/community/communityinvestments.aspx
HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative - www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/programs/tech_teaching/index.html
IBM Education Grants - www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/grant/grantapp.shtml
Inspired Teacher Scholarship -www.inspiration.com/prodev/index.cfm?fuseaction=scholarship
SMARTer Kids Foundation - smarterkids.org/k12/prep/index.asp (for higher education, pre- and in-service training, and professional development groups)
Technology Inspired Te@ching - bestbuyteach.scholarshipamerica.org/
Thomson Gale - www.galeschools.com/TEAMS/
Toshiba American Foundation- www.toshiba.com/tafpub/jsp/home/default.jsp