By Laura Turner
In 2005 I wrote a similar article and have had requests to write an update. Technology has changed a great deal in the last 5-6 years. Although, realistically, you would not use all of these technologies, you should be knowledgeable in what each of the following technology is and how it could be/might be used in a classroom. \
1. Google Tools Knowledge
2. Google Earth Knowledge
3. Wiki Knowledge
4. Blogging Knowledge
5. Spreadsheets Skills
6. Database Skills
7. Social Bookmarking Knowledge
8. Social Networking Knowledge
9. Web Resources in content area
10. Web Searching skills
11. Web2.0 Tools
12. Interactive White Board skills (SmartBoard and Promethean)
13. Website design and management skills
14. Presentation Tools
15. IM knowledge
16. Video and Podcasting
17. RSS feeds
18. Mobile and Handheld Computing
19. Virtual Worlds
20. Collaboration & Communication Tools
Here is some detailed information about the first 5 technology skills. The rest will follow in future articles.
1. Google Tools knowledge
Google is not just a search engine any more. Google has broadened its Internet horizon and created many useful internet tools. Google Tools can be a great piece in every educator’s tool kit. There are a large variety of tools that can be useful to educators in all content areas. Here are some of the most popular tools.
Google for Educators
Google supports teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this site.
Create an interactive online poster using images, text background audio and video.
Get email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Social bookmarking service
This site allows multiple users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It is a free, collaborative, browser based editor.
Google Docs Basic Video
Quickly and easily create private or public discussion groups
Personalize your Google page. Add news, photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page.
Google Image Swirl
online maps that are interactive
numerous up-to-date new stories in a searchable format
See Googles search results side by side with Wikipedia entries
Google Squared (new)
takes a category and creates a starter 'square' of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web - a new great teaching tool
find relevant work in the world of scholarly research
With Google’s Sidewiki, users can easily place a wiki “on the side” of any public website via a plug-in.
Google Uncle Sam
US government search
Google website creation service/tool
Tools in general
2. Google Earth
Google Earth is such a powerful (downloadable) tool that I have listed it separately from the other Google Tools. It is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D.
Educators can take their students to anywhere on Earth as well as Mars, the Moon, under the ocean; they can also view street view images, 3D buildings and 3D cities. Teachers can also use The Global Awareness gallery for layers and tours related to environmental science and use a related site ‘Google Lit Trips’ for English and Language Arts courses. Here is the Google Earth download site as well as some related links
Explore with Google Earth
Google Earth for Educators
How to Teach with Google Earth
This site works in tandem with Google Earth. Overlay files can be downloaded and used with Google Earth.
Tammy Worcester Google Tools Tips
See the Google Earth Across the Curriculum PDF download.
Wikis are a newer web tool that many teachers find useful in their classroom. A wiki is an editable webpage/site. These websites are easy to create and use. They are used in situations where a group of people (teachers or teachers and students) needs to create, edit and review each other’s documents. Wikis are a true collaborative tool. Here are some helpful links.
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative & Interactive Classroom
Wikis in Education wiki
6 Ways to use Wikis in the Classroom
How to Create a Classroom Wiki from Edutopia
Examples of Educational Wikis
This site is a free and open online resource for students, professionals and professors on various programs of study. Included are online quizzes and a quiz creation tool, online flashcards and a flashcard creation tool, bogs and wikis and more.
PBWikis web site
Wikis in Plain English Video
Wiki Tutorial from AtomicLearning
Wikispaces web site
Wiki Walk Through from Teacher First
What Is a Wiki (and How to Use One for Your Projects)
This site explains how a teacher can use wikis in their classroom. This is a great learning and resource site for teachers.
At the WhiteBoard
Wikis in Plain English|
Wetpaint in Plain English http://www.wetpaint.com/page/Wetpaint-Videos
A blog (a blend of the term "web log") is a type of website or part of a website. One person usually maintains Blogs with regular entries. Entries are typically displayed in chronically order. Typically a blog is a combination of personal diary and a commentary/guide to other information on the web. A blog is usually a one page website, often with embedded gadgets or widgets. Here are some useful sites.
Blogger is a web-based tool that helps you publish to the web instantly -- whenever the urge strikes. Blogger is the leading tool in the rapidly growing area of web publishing known as weblogs, or "blogs."
BlogEasy offers free blog hosting, which is a free web page publishing and syndication service that allows users to quickly share information, such as news, reviews, blogs, journals, weblogs, diaries, and photos.
Blog Search from Google
Bloglines is a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content.
Class Blogmeister is a online classroom blogging tool provided free of subscription or purchase charge by The Landmark Project, a consulting firm providing information and services for educator and education agencies.
Elgg is a new breed of social software based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the centre of their activities.
We provide free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians and other educational professionals.
How to Create a Blog for Your Classroom from Edutopia.org
This site is a podcasting and audio blogging platform that offers an easy way to create and distribute audio content. Most people will use a touch-tone telephone to make their recordings but we also provide worldwide access to the service through VoIP.
This site is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs.
Reluctant Blogger from TechLearning
Welcome to Weblogg-ed, maintained by me, Will Richardson, blogvangelist and Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Communications at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ. This site is dedicated to discussions and reflections on the use of Weblogs, wikis, RSS, audiocasts and other Read/Write Web related technologies in the K-12 realm, technologies that are transforming classrooms around the world.
WordPress started with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing on the web and fewer users than you can count on your hands and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by millions of people every day.
5. Spreadsheet Skills
All teachers should know how use a Spreadsheet (usually Excel). A spreadsheet gridded system is used to compute grades and charts can be used extensively in the classroom. Spreadsheets can be used to create rubrics and schedules as well as for gathering numeric data. Charts can be created in and used to visually depict a variety of information and students can also create their own charts, thereby learning higher order thinking skills from this type of activity. Here are some useful links.
Integrating Spreadsheets in the Classroom
Everyday Spreadsheets in the Classroom
Using Spreadsheets in the Classroom
Dr Christie’s Using Spreadsheets in K-12 Classrooms
Everything You for Using Spreadsheets in the Classroom
Doc & Spreadsheets in the Classroom from Google Teacher Academy
Spreadsheet Resourses from LT Technologies
Classroom Activities using Spreadsheet – student created
Using Databases and Spreadsheets in the Classroom http://www.nelliemuller.com/Databaseandspreadsheetsintheclassroom.htm
Steven Bell’s PowerPoint and Presentation Skills Resource Page
Excelets: Excel's Excellent Adventure from TechLearning
Quick and Simple PowerPoint Photo Shows from TechLearning
Technology Tools for Teachers
Using Excel for Classroom Activities
Using Spreadsheets and Databases in the Classroom from Half-Baked Ideas
Tricks, Spreadsheets and Databases downloadables
Computer Lessons - Spreadsheet Downloads