Pilot Program:

Introduction:
My background: I taught French for 10 years and have been teachng 6th grade (all subjects) for 15 years
I was always eager to include technology in my classroom. I was the first in my school to use the internet in the classroom.
I volunteered to staff the computer lab as a sixth assignment.
I volunteered, more like begged to pilot google aps which led to my receiving the opportunity to access the 1:1 pilot program.

Setting up technology in the classroom:
Shift thinking from if everyone doesn't have it I can't require it.
Encyclopedias of the past were not always available.
Most students in the Burlington area have access to technology
Many kids have a supported study hall which allows them access to technology
Our school offers before and after school study hall which allows access to technology
Alternative assignments if technology is not an option
Also a shift from having total control. Become more the facilitator.
Providing links early. Some students teach themselves at home then use school time to go beyond.


Built up my knowledge of web 2.0 to instruct curriculum (prior to getting netbooks)
Made the internet and LCD a must have in order to teach
Built up a culture of technology use in the classroom.
Google Aps was a privilege to pilot and district would be talking to us regarding its benefits.
Introduced the concept that we would be receiving netbooks to pilot.
Importance of keeping enthusiasm of using them to our classroom.
Obstacle: Did not want netbooks to put a divide in the classroom.

Once the netbooks came it was a smooth transition to the netbooks
Letter went home to parents explaining the purpose of the netbook pilot.
Students signed a contract regarding appropriate use of the netbooks.

Digital Citizenship Curriculum:
Students learn not to ever put their last names in type for assignments
We discuss privacy and the importance of not sharing too much
Common Sense Curriculum.

Using PhotoStory:
Clotee I Am Poetry

Creating video:
Using MovieMaker and Any Video Converter

Vital Tools in my classroom:
Wiki: http:\\kheveyvt.wikispaces.com
This enabled me to develop a transparent classroom (no passwords required)
Students and Parents could access essential worksheets and homework
Put counters on pages to determine how many hits
Create links to tools that help students reinforce learning.

Glogster for presentations
The beauty of this is that it was web based and students could access it from any computer
The addition of music and videos.

21 Classes for blogging regarding literature in the beginning
Set up a blogging opportunity across grade levels in the school
Paired up with 7/8 grade to discuss topics regarding bullying
Kept user names annonymous shy students suddenly found a profound voice in class discussion
We transitioned to other content topics to discuss what we were learning in class.

Differentiated Instruction:
KWL for example
Science Class: What do you know about the brain, What do you want to know, What did you Learn
After brainstorming what they knew, students shared what they wanted to know, like are girls brains wired different than boys or where is Einsteins brain
I then told them some traditional things I needed them to learn such as what are the parts of a neuron and what is the function of a synapse. I previewed some sites and posted them on the wiki for them to explore to find anwers. Once they found the answers to my questions they could pursue their questions. At the end of class they came together and shared what I wanted them to find and anything interesting they learned. Great class discussion.

D.I. for Advanced students: They have a great grasp on new content challenge them to explore a web 2.0 tool that you have not had time to explore. Tell them to use the tool to present to the class regarding the current topic students are learning about.

Creating video: On the spot takes while going over worksheets. Absent students or IEP students can listen to classmates more than once in order to complete their worksheets.
Vocabulary Review students can study for a test by listening to a video created by their team mates
NewsCasts instead of sending home newsletters each month produced video and shared on school tube or the wiki
Capturing classroom moments
Using webcams to produce video. Learning file management as well
Capture science labs so students can see things in slow motion and absent students can revisit what they missed.

Google Aps:
This tool is crucial for collaboration
Students shared links related to curriculum with each other and me. If the link passed the test it became part of the wiki.
Students e-mailed me when they were sick if they had questions based on what was on the wiki.
Use of google forms to create surveys
Google Sites; We re-enacted Doug Wilhelms, Science Fair chapter making the technology sited in the chapter come alive.
Google Presentations: Limited can't use videos unless YouTube and YouTube is blocked at school.
Google Translate: Students use this to try to communicate with our diverse population. We have some non English Speakers. Even if the program doesn't help it builds a comaraderie.
Dictionaries: Students can't always pronounce words they are learning. Teaching them to use on-line dictionaries is essential for more than looking up words.

GeoCaching for studying Geography.
Example: Tracking Travel Bugs
Looking for interesting locations in countries we are studying
Give meaning to latititude and longitude for students
Mr. Donn
Kids Health (reads science to kids)
Quizlet create vocabulary quizzes, easy to use and manipulate
Wordle key words come to the surface in a research article.
Todays Class use like clickers with no set-up necessary
QR codes (make your own flash cards)
United Streaming short video clips
Sheppard Software for grammar and maps
Purpose games for science and social studies
Go Web 2.0



New this year: Starting the year with instant access to the internet there were new obstacles to face.