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Technology Integration Ideas for the Elementary School Teacher

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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Tech Savvy Teachers

Posted by Computing for Kids on April 22, 2011

Beyond the projector, or even SmartBoard, many teachers are uncomfortable with the idea of integrating technology into their curriculum.  There are some teachers that just don’t want to learn something new.  But I think more often than not, it is a lack of time teachers have available to learn new tools and methods of instruction, as well as the lack of support from administration.

There are so many free resources for teachers to teach themselves how to use technology.   I have included sites that provide teachers with tutorials on the basics such as Operating Systems, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, along with newer concepts such as web 2.0 tools designed to enhance a lesson.  Once the basics are learned, teachers can take the next step on the path to technology integration.

Internet for Classrooms not only has tutorials on computer skills, programs and applications, but also includes links to a plethora of resources for teachers and their  students.

Computer Applications Simplified is a great place to start to get the basics explained, short and sweet!  It covers the history of technology (don’t worry- very few words)  to what is the Internet and how to create a document or presentation.

While Computer Literacy Lessons are designed for students in grades K-6, teachers can benefit greatly from working their way through these simple, audio/visual lessons.

Growing with Technology is another site designed for elementary students, but it is a fun way to learn about databases, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and hardware.

Welcome to the Web is all about the Internet.  It is a step by step set of lessons beginning with what is the Internet to how to stay safe online.  This site is great for anyone who wants to understand how the Internet works and what things like URL mean or what is a browser or hyperlink.

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