technology integration

One of the greatest things we as technology educators leave with students about computing is “in computing, you will surely only get out what you put in. It can only do what you tell it.”  It is in this lesson that we must understand today’s moment. Integrating technology in the classroom, no matter what educational sales reps promise, will not fix our local and national legacy of educational...
When I remember social studies classes, I most often recall reading from dated textbooks and completing essays or worksheets to accompany the text.  Social studies was not usually an engaging experience, relying on more traditional paper-and-pencil methods that relayed a somewhat dry method of presenting interesting information. But with the rise of technology, the modern classroom is changing.  ...
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The Six Word Memoir project came from the work of Smith Magazine, an online publishing site. The idea is that everyone has a story to tell, and some of the best stories are told in only six words. Writing for Change students and teachers each wrote about their lives in only six words, and the words and images were put together in a digital movie format by the students. This work continued into...
The students had an opportunity to talk about what they enjoy about Writing For Change. We took video over a few days during the program to try to get feedback from a variety of kids. Components of the Academy Daily Schedule: 9-12noon Quick Writes: Every day, students began and ended the academy with reflective writing. The opening writing was always student generated. At the end of the day,...
What students and parents said... “The writing program last summer was very fun and I learned how to make a podcast. By taking the writing program my writing skills really improved…I use to not like writing but now after the program I really like writing. They made me learn to put all of my thoughts on paper and I am doing really well in my classes in middle school.” ~ Student “Raised By was my...
"Raised By Samoan Women" by Christiana, based on "Raised by Women" by Kelly Norman Ellis Based on a poem called "Raised by Women," in Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen (p. 17), students were given the opportunity to write about the influences on their lives. Some students wrote about a particular role model or family member. Some students wrote about being raised by social trends...
Junior glog.jpg Glogster EDU is a free, education technology website for teachers to use with their students. It allows you to create interactive posters that include text, video, hyperlinks, and images. This was a powerful tool to use with our students this summer because we were able to have students use a variety of media to express themselves. This fall we...
"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world." James Baldwin, American novelist, writer, and civil rights activist One year to set the dream. Fifty-four days to staff and plan. Forty hours of instruction in a two-week summer academy. We changed lives. Through the use of digital...
The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) has hosted a very successful writing camp on the University of California San Diego campus for many years. In searching for ways to diversify the students who could attend, SDAWP attempted many recruitment strategies with limited success. The leadership team studied the issue, and decided that it was time to try something new. We decided to move the...

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