Using the information provided from Purposeful Technology-Constructing Meaning in 21st Century Schools I have collected a number of resources that align with the helpful tips outlined below. I think that these are all great resources and allow for a creation of a critically digital classroom in the younger grades. All of these ideas are resourced at the bottom of the page.
- Use an interactive whiteboard as often as possible to design and deliver lessons. Promethean and Smart Notebook have websites with teacher created lessons if you are not yet comfortable designing your own.
- promethean world
- This is a great resource to find different ideas for smart board use in the classroom that other teachers around the world have created.
- Smart Exchange
- This is an official site for finding resources for smart board use created by the company. These are also created by fellow teachers.
- Allow students to maintain blogs, wikis, web pages related to their learning.
- Engage in email/video chat exchanges with students from other countries.
- Utilize storytelling media to allow students to create and publish stories.
- Set up a blog site/Facebook page and post weekly discussion questions for students to respond to. Encourage them to respond to each other too!
- Use video cameras to dramatize stories, record scientific experiments and expose students to video editing software to create video productions of learning.
- Engage students in discussions about how and why various media work well to showcase learning and why others do not. Thinking critically about the medium use to present a message is just as important as the message itself.(
An info graph is a great way to understand in a visual representation how to fully use google to its best ability. Such as offering tips and tricks that are available to make research easier. Such as screen capturing and tips on where to find accredited resources.
How students learn has changed over the years. In todays society information is so readily available at the click of a button that meaning making becomes increasingly difficult. Creating inquiry processes where students have to think about what is being said on media helps create a better understanding. The picture below says to differentiate meaning so that students can express what they know. Since this blog is on how to create meaning in the primary grades, the challenge of including technology must be worked around. The program Toontastic (click) is an excellent way to express meaning. Students are able to speak and record what they know along side a picture that they create. This was a great tool in grade one for story re-tell as the teacher is able to assess what the students know in their own words.
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Creating Digital Citizens –What is Digital Literacy? (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2017, from http://purposefultechnology.weebly.com/creating-digital-citizens—what-is-digital-literacy.html
Welcome To The Modern Classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2017, from https://www.prometheanworld.com/
Training, content, and community. (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2017, from http://exchange.smarttech.com/#tab=0
Get More Out of Google [Infographic] | Daily Infographic. (2015, November 16). Retrieved February 03, 2017, from http://www.dailyinfographic.com/get-more-out-of-google-infographic
Meaning Making: Promoting Deep Understanding of Content. (2012, August 31). Retrieved February 03, 2017, from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/meaning-making-promoting-deep-understanding-of-content/