Kristin's Technology Tips

April 6, 2015

Please remember to sign up for technology classes through Eduphoria. The third class will be this today on VoiceThread. It will be a 1 hour class and will give you credit to make up for the "snow day." Thursday will start the rotation over with a repeat of Google Docs and Beyond.

Why Teach Technology?

Studies show that integrating technology into the classroom improves students' learning processes and outcomes. Teachers who use technology as problem-solving tools change the way they teach. Students become more engaged in their learning using these powerful tools and become creators and problem solvers instead of just consumers of knowledge.

5th Grade TEK of the Week

(3) Research and information fluency. The student acquires and evaluates digital

content. The student is expected to:

(A) use various search strategies such as keyword(s); the Boolean identifiers

and, or, and not; and other strategies appropriate to specific search engines.

This TEK is imperative for the students' future. Learning how to do appropriate and productive searches on the internet will help a student for a lifetime. Being able to look at a website and evaluate the information to determine if it is accurate or not is very important.

Google Advanced Search is the best way to teach a child to search for information, otherwise they are looking for a needle in a haystack. The words and, or and not can be used to more appropriately define what is being searched.

6th Grade TEK of the Week

(3) Research and information fluency. The student acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student is expected to:

(A) create a research plan to guide inquiry.

This TEK suggests that the first step to research is not to click on a search engine but to rather have a written plan for their research. Students should logically prepare a guide that might include a list of keywords, Boolean identifiers, quotes and subtopics to research. A set of questions is also a good first step to begin researching a topic.

Technology Tip of the Week

Google Search Tools

Google Docs has an awesome search tool build in. It allows students (or anyone) to perform searches for web resources, images, quotes, and scholarly articles from within the document — and then it cites the sources with a click of a button.

1. Go to CISD Google Portal, click Google Docs and Sign In to your Drive.

  • 2. Click the red “Create” button and choose “Document.”
  • 3. Begin entering information about your subject.
  • 4. Highlight a key word.
  • 5. Pull down the “Tools” menu to “Research.”
  • 6. This will open a Google search area in the right sidebar of your document.
  • 7. Use the pull-down arrow to narrow the search results.
  • 8. Use buttons at the bottom of each search result to insert a link and/or cite the source of the website:
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