Effective Teaching Strategies Implemented

Posted on February 6, 2010. Filed under: Elementary School, Interactive Whiteboards, Science, Social Studies/History, Teachers | Tags: |

Fran Mauney

This week was one of those weeks when I was proud to be a teacher and part of this profession!  Teaching poetry to first graders during Literacy Week by using the Smartboard and the Flip camera energized me. Teaching fifth grade students, during their Arts Day, to make movies using Movie Maker inspired me. Demonstrating the use of Activexpressions to third graders while they reviewed for their Civil War test motivated me, and showcasing excellent teaching strategies to student teachers validated why I became a teacher over 27 years ago.

I was honored to showcase one of our Title 1 schools that has raised the bar for technology integration to a higher level. Dr. George Lipscomb, from Furman University, brought his Technology Integration class over to Hollis Academy to see real life examples of technology integration in the classroom. They were able to observe two lessons which actively involved all students, engaged the learners, and set high achievement goals for students by using technology.  Students from a third grade single gender classroom performed a Reader’s Theatre play as a news team from the Civil War.  Students rehearsed their parts, then the teacher filmed them using the Flip Video Camera.  While he worked with the small groups, others were doing SSR, and others were on the computers working on Compass Odyssey and Fast Forword. He later made a movie using Movie Maker and shared it with his class and others on Teacher Tube. The fifth grade class was reviewing for their science test.  In preparation for the class, the teacher used her Flip Video camera to videotape two students  at a time reading the review questions. She inserted each video clip into an ActivInspire Flipchart on the Promethean Board, and the students used their Activexpressions to answer these questions. She reviewed the results at the end of the test, exported them into Excel and the class decided if they were ready for the test or if they needed to review more. They were able to analyze the data and make an accurate decision based on their results.

This has inspired me to make a Scope and Sequence chart for the new ISTE standards and I need your help.  I have created an online brainstorming wall at www.wallwisher.com.  Could you add some project ideas that correlate to the ISTE standards by visiting :http://wallwisher.com/wall/isteproject ? I think you will find this website extremely helpful as you brainstorm ideas with others.

One last thought, the Winter Olympics begin soon, so here are some websites you might enjoy using with your classes as you plan lessons that can be integrated with your standards.

Websites

http://www.first-school.ws/activities/firststeps/olympics.htm

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/physical_ed/olympic/

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/winter_olympics.htm

http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/darden/sportsmanship.htm

Enjoy teaching next week!

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