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James Hammond: (2008) “Conversations With Great Thinkers: The Classics For People To Busy To Read Them” – This book is one of my favorites that has some profound perspectives to share on multiple aspects of our culture and has a specific chapter on education that I have available from the link below.
The ISTE web site has an observational tool called ICOT. Perhaps teachers may see this form being used by their administration in order to conduct part of your evaluation within the classroom using technology. I thought it may be helpful for teachers to look over the criteria. Here is the PDF.
Robert Fromme: “Technology’s Implications for Art Education” – This article from 1999 is a testimony to the change that has taken place within education due to technology’s advancement. Some really great vision is shared here and is more specific for art educators.
Article: “Why Integrate Technology Into The Curriculum?:The Reasons Are Many” – I thought this article was a good comprehensive summary for creating a foundation towards ones understanding of technology and the classroom. This article also implies the benefits of Inquiry-Based and Project-Based learning while it also briefly mentions technology’s help in collaborative methods.
Article: (“Practicle Guidlines for Using Technology in Classroom Teaching” – University of Michigan/ 2011) This article addresses E-mail, powerpoint, using video, blogs, Wikis, and teaching on the Web to name a few. This is a great slice of information to help you manage your classroom more effectively using technology.
Article:Teachers Report Educational Benefits of Frequent Technology Use / 2010 This article has good survey and statistical information about the use of technology in the classroom. There is also survey information that includes administrative thoughts and awareness of the use of technology in the district. This case really shows the importance of making sure everyone is “on the same page”.
Artsonia is a wonderful place for students to host and share their art work on the web. It is a great tool for teachers to use to post artwork and projects of their students in a safe environment that parents and friends can see and even have printed up on various products. The site is kid-friendly, easy to use, and a great showcase of the amazing work that young people across the world have created.
Incredible Art Department
This site is very incredible. You have your choice of so many resources that are specifically for art. This site also has a great network of schools that you can hyperlink to and view or share information. This is great when you want to see what is “really going on” in another art room. Click on the “sites” tab at the top and search by year of the best referred art sites out there. This is endless. There are also lessons available here and just an overall thorough resource.
Haring Kids: Lesson Plans
This site has a good amount of lesson plans within it. The lessons are intended for both teachers and parents. There are 180 plans available. On the home page there is an interactive coloring book for kids to use and the the game we all love “hang man” is available too. These plans are mainly geared for art class, however, there is other curriculum available as well. Search by age/grade level or by medium. The link below will take you to the page with the lessons.
PBS Teachers is a great web site that offers a great deal of resources and lessons for teachers. You can search by grade level or by subject. You can also use the search bar where afterwards, you can refine your search further by selecting more options along the right column.
Learn360 is a pay site that has a limitless amount of multimedia resources for the classroom. This sight offers online collaboration tools and has the ability for you to share information anytime and from anywhere. This includes web-based teaching for your students as well. There is also a section that offers you information on funding, including federal funding and grants for your school too. This site offers a free 30 day trial membership.
This site is a general resource for teachers to use as a first step towards implementing technology into their classroom. Lessons, Rubrics, videos, and quizzes are among the tools available here. ”Arcademic” skill builders are fun games that involve the use of arcade and academics. This site also includes a “PBL” or Project-Based Learning checklist. These tools are very much geared towards early grade levels.
Pinterest.com is a great site that is very unique. It’s very simple in its design, however, this simplicity contributes to its easy navigation and effective narrow search characteristics. You have to be invited to use this site and can request one for yourself from the home page. However, it helps to have someone personally send you an invite. You could be waiting for awhile. You have mulitiple “boards” that you post images to. These can be shared with anyone who has an account and brings you up in there search results by using the search bar at the top left. So far this is pretty ordinary. The really unique aspect is that you add the “pin it” feature to your favorites bar which installs an active feature within your browser – much like Diigo. When you find an image to post on one of your boards you simply click the “pin it” in your favorites bar. It will bring up a box that will allow you to choose which image you want to pin into your account, add a description about it, and it will remember the source from which you took it. When others view this source on your page and click it, it will take them to that exact place within the Web that you found it. Teachers are sharing first hand examples, lessons, and other ideas from their own classrooms. Email me for an invite if you like. The main page can be deceiving and seems to be nothing more than sharing in the name of self-inflation. There is much more under the surface here.