IT Support for Teachers

1. Google Earth can help you bring a world of information alive for your students. It can be used with all grade levels, and the possibilities are endless with your imagination! Students can use Google Earth to explore topics like the progress of human civilization, the growth of cities, natural environment, and the impact of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.Teachers can use Google Earth demos to get their students excited about geography beyond the static map, or use different Google Earth layers to study transportation, demographics, economics, and in specific local or exotic contexts. Please visit Google Earth classroom resources site to access Google Earth lesson library and engage your students in a lot more than just reading a static map. How to teach with Google Earth is another bank of articles about integrating this program in different lessons.

Another great resource to learn about Google Earth and find lessons and projects done with this program, visit Google Earth Lessons. Don”t forget to take a look at 10 US History Tours done with Google Earth, too.  

Here are some lessons in Google Earth created in collaboration with teachers and other ITS :

A Day of Errands          Continents and Ocean_Treasure Hunt_1st grade 

2. Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom. Read here  and learn how you can take advantage of the power of Skype in your classroom.

3. Podcasts and Videocasts are ways for students to communicate their knowledge and express their thoughts. Teachers who are flipping classrooms may also find podcasting and videocasting as powerful tools to deliver information to their students. There are many ways to use video/podcasting in your classrooms – your creativity is the limit!

In our county every student and teacher has an account with Voice Thread, an outstanding tool for this kinds of activities. It doesn’t only allow student to publish their work, but to communicate actively with each other and reflect on one another’s work. Below are some additional resources that may help you with adopting podcasts/videocasts for your classroom and don’t forget to check out Student Spotlight page to view some examples of podcasts created by students”

Podcasting for Elementary Students

4. Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. are unbelievable resources for any grade level for any subject area. It is a powerful tool to use in a flipped classroom or just as a center activity at any time. Don’t forget that it is NOT just a collection of videos. These sites are full of resources, from quizzes to interactive games and activities. The teacher resources page is ever-changing, and it is a great place to communicate with educators outside of our school and learn ideas from each other. If you are implementing the BYOT initiative, don;t forget that Brain Pop has an app that allows students to view many featured videos on their personal devices.

5. Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup from Edutopia. This is a one-stop shop for ideas on integrating technology in your classrooms. You can find resources on almost anything – from flipped classroom to digital storytelling.

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