Technology Beyond School - PC\|MAC

Technology Beyond School - PC\|MAC

Technology Beyond School Directory of Websites to Support Second and Third Grade Curriculum Joanne Callahan Southern Connecticut State University Field Project in Education Dr. Joel Meisel Spring 2011 Todays students utilize technology in various ways and can support their education with the internet. Practicing academic skills outside the classroom helps students to perform better in the classroom, on

tests and solidifies the concepts Who are Digital Natives? http://vodpod.com/watch/398866-a-vision-of-k-12-students-today Who are Digital Immigrants? http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/997070/ Digital Immigrant teachers assume that learners are the same as they have always been, and that the same methods that worked for the teachers when they were students will work for their students now. But that assumption is no longer valid. Todays learners are different. (Prensky, 2001)

Rubric for Websites Attribute 3 Points Cost Free Challenge Multiple grade/challenge levels Aligned with state

standards Addresses grade level concepts Substantial skill practice Many colors, characters, and scenes, good action multiple menus, easy to locate desired activity Recommendations, explanations, and /or lessons plans to use the site

Academic significance Color and graphics Ease of navigation Teacher/parental support 2 Points 1 Point Fee less than $50.00 annually

More than one game for same concept Fee greater than $50.00 annually Only one level for each game Addresses grade level concepts Substantial skill practice Skills practice Limited colors,

scenes, and action Similar and simple graphics throughout site Limited menus, difficult to locate desired activity Little or no support for parents or teachers Some difficulty relocating activity Some information about using the

website to guide parents and help students Websites AAA Math - http://www.aaamath.com/aaamath.htm Cool Math http://coolmath.com/ and Cool Math 4 Kids http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ National Library of Virtual Manipulativeshttp://nlvm.usu.edu/ Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ The Learning Planet- http://www.learningplanet.com/ Fun Brain- http://www.funbrain.com/ BrainPOP http://www.brainpop.com/ Fun School and Kaboose- http://funschool.kaboose.com/ Education Place- http://www.eduplace.com/kids/

PBS Kids- http://pbskids.org/go Smartphone Applications Everyday Mathematics Math Skills Flash ToPass Free Math Flash Cards Story Kit Read Me Stories BrainPOP Featured Movie As teachers and digital immigrants it is essential to embrace and encourage the use of technology to support instruction outside of the classroom.

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