Kristin's Technology Tips

Feb. 23, 2015

Please remember to sign up for technology classes through Eduphoria. The first class will be this Thursday. It will be a 1 hour class and will give you credit to make up for the "snow day."

Why Teach Technology?

The technology applications curriculum has six strands based on the NationalEducational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) and performance indicatorsdeveloped by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): 1. Creativityand innovation; 2. Communication and collaboration; 3. Research and information fluency; 4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; 5. Digital citizenship; and 6. Technology operations and concepts.

5th Grade TEK of the Week

(1) Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative

processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student is

expected to:

(A) create original products using a variety of resources

As with any TEK the important thing to look at is the verb. Here we see that the student is suppose to create. This is an easy TEK to incorporate into any lesson because being creative comes natural for most teachers to expect from their students, we just need them to be creative using technology which comes natural to most students.

Some creative tools that can meet this TEK are things like: BiteSlide, Trading Cart Creator, Crayola Digi-Color, Story Map, Brochures, posters and flyers, Google presentations and much more.

6th Grade TEK of the Week

(1) Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative

processes to construct knowledge, generate new ideas, and create products. The

student is expected to:

(A) identify, create, and use files in various formats such as text, raster and

vector graphics, video, and audio files

The verbs to look at here are identify, create and use. We want the students to not only use different media while creating but also to be able to identify the formats they are using. In other words they can make an informed decision. Identifying text, video and audio seem to be self explanatory on a basic level while raster and vector graphics may be foreign. In a raster-based image creation program, a square would be made of thousands of pixel dots. Rasters do not resize well. When you resize a raster image, the pixels just get larger, making the image appear distorted or pixelated. In a vector-based program, the same square would be made of only four dots, one on each corner. These “vector points,” basically allow your computer to play Connect the Dots. Each vector point has information in it telling your computer how to connect each point with straight or curved lines, and with what color to fill in the closed shape. Raster files tend to be much larger that vector files.

Some creative tools that can meet this TEK are things like: iMovie, BiteSlide, Photostory, Google Documents and Presentations, Book Cover Creator, Bio Cube, Brochures, posters and flyers, and much more.

Technology Tip of the Week

Using QR Codes to Supplement Information

What are QR Codes?

A QR Code is a 2-dimensional bar code that can be easily generated and then decoded with a iPad, smart phone (or other devices.) When scanned/read, the QR Code can activate the opening of a web page, display a video or audio recording, open a document, and more. Scan the code to the right for more information.

How are QR Codes Used?

QR codes are very common in Japan and Europe (and are becoming more and more popular in the United States) and can be found on posters, signs, magazines, menus, and many other places.

What to do with the code:

Once the code is generated, you can download it or just copy it and paste it into a document or webpage. QR codes can be read equally well from a computer screen or from a printed page!

Ideas for using QR Codes:

  • Displaying student artwork in the hallway? Add a QR code that provides additional information about the student-artist. Adapt this for Wax Museum.
  • Get your students quickly and easily to a website by projecting the related code or printing it on a handout.
  • Have a Google form you want your students to fill out on their iPod touches or cell phones? Just show the related code on your projector screen!
  • A QR code on the back of a book could “take” a student to a web page about the author or to page of book reviews. (You could print the codes on labels, or print them on paper and tape them to the book.)
  • A QR code in a learning station could take students to a web page with instructions, information, or even a video!
  • Create a QR treasure/scavenger hunt in or around the school. Codes can be printed and mounted in various locations. Students scan a code to get their next clue.

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