Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
Digital tote resources
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
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.)
III. Wrap-Up – 15-30 Minutes
“The Element” (Book) or “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity” (TED Talk) http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html – 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 - http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-20029002-238.html - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.
“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/07/return-to-sender.aspx “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, http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework