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Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students (WH029)

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Saturday, June 25, 12:30–3:30 pm
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2A

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Whether for reading groups, Daily 5, math activities or creative projects, centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation, independence and discovery learning. Learn to transform elementary classroom technology through hands-on experience with powerful learning projects and activities. Lesson templates included!

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: While options for each center will be presented for Mac, PC, and mobile devices, attendees may benefit from access to Flash or a Flash-enabling app (like the Puffin browser).
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Coaches : Digital age learning environments

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Whether for reading groups, Daily 5, math activities, or creative projects, centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation, independence, and discovery learning in the elementary classroom. By integrating easy-to-implement technology activities into these centers, every student, from kindergarten to fifth grade, can enhance their learning experience while developing progressive technology skills.

In this interactive session, attendees gain first-hand experience of six progressive Independent Technology Centers. Each hands-on center provides samples, ideas for extended applications, how-to tutorials, adaptive lesson and rubric templates for K-2 and 3-5, and time to experiment with the tools. Plus, the session will provide best practices learned from successful implementation at two elementary schools that are making substantial gains on standardized testing while still promoting technology activities that develop creativity and critical thinking. With practical tools, resources and hands-on experience, attendees will leave confident and inspired to successfully develop 21st Century Technology Skills and Common Core Standards through these powerful learning centers.


I. Introduction to Independent Technology Learning Centers – 30 minutes
a. Establish Need for Progressive Technology Integration
b. Criteria for 21st Century Technology Integration vs. Skill and Drill Technology Uses
c. Shift in Roles of Educator and Students
d. Types and Best Practices of Independent Technology Centers
i. Discovery
ii. Creation

II. Hands-On Technology Centers Rotation – 20 minutes each/ Approx. 2hrs 15 min Total (Tools and Applications are examples and may be expanded or adapted as new resources become available.)
a. Voice Recording
i. Tools: Audacity,
ii. Sample Applications: Reading Fluency, Podcasting
b. Video Creation
i. Tools: Windows Live Movie Maker and/or iMovie
ii. Sample Applications: Sequencing, Cross-curricular Research Projects
c. Digital Storytelling
i. Tools:,, Picture Book Maker (,
ii. Sample Applications: Writing Skills and Conventions, Critical Thinking about Math, Science/Social Studies, etc.
d. Desktop Publishing
i. Tools: Kid Pix,, Pages, Microsoft Word or Publisher
ii. Sample Applications: Brochures, Writing and Illustrations, Newsletters
e. Presentation Software
i. Tools: PowerPoint, Keynote,, SMART Notebook
ii. Sample Applications: Cross-curricular Research Projects
f. Blogging
i. Tools:
ii. Sample Applications: Writing Skills and Conventions, Critical Thinking about Math, Science/Social Studies, etc.

III. Wrap-Up – 15-30 Minutes
a. Collaborative Reflection on and Sharing of Knowledge, Skills, Ideas gained through Centers Experience
b. Question and Answers

Supporting research

“The Element” (Book) or “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity” (TED Talk) – Sir Ken Robinson - Demonstrates the need go beyond rote, cookie cutter learning to tap into an transformed educational system that fundamentally values creativity and discovers potential.

“Drive” (Book) – Daniel H. Pink – Demonstrates the need to motivate students for lifelong learning and develop intrinsic motivation through heuristic tasks, which are engaged for the joy and task itself.

“It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades” (Book) – Boni Hamilton; “…the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Thoughtfully planned, such lessons engage students to a higher degree than traditional teaching and lead to the development of 21st-century skills such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.” (p.19)

“Study: Young Kids Better with Tech than Life Skills” (article) - Larry Magid - - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.

“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – “The skills in high demand now are not exclusively reading, writing, and arithmetic. Magner's organization [Partnership for 21st Century Skills] says United States schools need to fuse the traditional three Rs with the four Cs--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation.”

“Framework for 21st Century Learning” by Partnership for 21st Century Skills,
“Meaningful Learning with Technology” by Jane Howland, David Jonassen, and Rose Marra



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Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes holistic, technology-enriched pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her many honors. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader, won a PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and has been featured in magazines and books as well as on radio and television programs. Nancye brings captivating energy, experience and expertise to her keynotes, workshops and presentations. She is a contributing author of several books, including Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education and Tablets in K12 Education. She serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, is president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education and is founding president for the ISTE 3D Network.