Kristin's Technology Tips
April 6, 2015
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
1. Go to CISD Google Portal, click Google Docs and Sign In to your Drive.