PD Session- Integrate EduTech in Classroom

“Open your laptop and login to ManageBac” is almost the equivalent to “turn to page xx of the textbook”  the school. However is the potential of laptops being fully exploited in our classroom? Is it being used as a “typewriter and encyclopedia”?

ICT and Technology
As a technology teacher and teacher librarian, this is a typical conversation in the tech lesson.

“Mr. Lin, my computer doesn’t work”
“Well, it’s not really about the subject, can we talk about it later?”
“But it is about my COMPUTER, it is TECHNOLOGY”

What does IB says about technology and IT?
MYP Technology and ICT- OCC_m_g_mypxx_fcl_1103_1_e

From the document:
In most cases, technology teachers are given responsibility for providing students with the teaching and learning experiences to help them develop ICT literacy. The teaching of ICT skills should not be confused with or take the place of a computer technology course. ICT is simply a tool used to develop computer technology solutions using the Design Cycle.

Also from the document:
Depending upon the school resources, ICT should be used whenever appropriate:

  • As a means of expanding students’ knowledge of the world in which they live
  • As a channel for developing concepts and skills
  • As a powerful communication tool.

ICT as a powerful communication tool for collaboration for developing concepts and skills with international mindedness.

Yes, this is a long title but it actually illustrate how we can use the laptop effectively in the classroom. I will be demonstrating how we can use Google Site and Google+ in the classroom for collaboration.

Google Site/Wordpress for teachers
Google site can be used as a repository for sharing essential documents, references for lessons and an electronic notice board for your class.
Here’s an example of how a subject site can look like
(Using wikispaces) http://myp-tech.wikispaces.com/
(Using Google site) https://sites.google.com/a/elsateacher.net/mr-lin-s-design-and-technology-site/

Other references
40 ways to use google app in classroom
How to insert google docs/drive on google site
Using Google+
Using Google Form

Google+ Community
Instead of using facebook, Google community is a better way to create a “learning community”.

Reference
11 steps to create Google+ community for your class

One more thing- AirServer
The above tools are very handy when it comes to sharing. AirServer allows users to share their screen that supports airplay to be shown on your laptop.
http://www.airserverapp.com/en/Download/Referrer/391738
*Disclaimer, I’m getting a 3 days extension if you download from here.

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