Web-Tech Connect – 15 hours
Create webquests, scavenger hunts, and class web pages to
integrate technology with your curriculum. Web navigation templates
will be provided. Locate the Internet resources and/or create your
own, and plug them into the templates. Many excellent
curriculum-related web sites will be provided for you to review. Gain
strategies to improve web-researching skills. Learn how to create
hyperlinks, use tables to format pages, and insert digital images to
personalize content. We will use both the Microsoft Word and FrontPage
applications. This will be easy, painless, and you will find GREAT
resources that you can really use.
MS Office XP for
Classroom Learning – 15 hours
Discover strategies for using
MS Office XP with students (K-12) to enhance learning, and get them
involved with technology. We will review many excellent student
lesson/project ideas and templates designed to involve students with
Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Adapt the provided templates or
create your own to customize learning opportunities for your students.
Learn how to manage and master those “glitches” that slow you
down. (Bring your list of annoyances).
Kidspiration – 15 hours
This course will demonstrate
how the program works to develop and reinforce literacy skills. Students
see connections between words and their meanings, as they switch back
and forth between the “picture” and “writing”
mode in the Kidspiration program. Kidspiration uses visual
learning techniques to help students brainstorm, organize, plan,
and create. It is a concept mapping software program designed for K-5
learners. Many examples of ways to use Kidspiration will be explored.
Participants may customize many of the available templates to fit
their own curriculum needs, as well as create their own excellent
resources. Other topics covered will include: Creating custom symbol
libraries to personalize learning in your classroom, adding links to
Internet resources in your Kidspiration activities.
Photography Workshop: Multimedia in the Classroom -- 15 hours
workshop will cover the basics of utilizing digital photography in the
school environment. Digital
photography provides teachers with a valuable tool to customize and
personalize learning in their classrooms. Pictures clarify and add
depth to the educational process.
Topics covered include exploring ideas for using a digital camera,
scanner, image editing software, and how to insert digital photographs
into PowerPoint and documents for publishing. There will be an
opportunity to create a presentation or project for use in your
classroom. There will be a limited number of digital cameras
available to use during the institute.
Digital Scrapbooking In the
Classroom -- 15 hours
Learn how to get your students to use computers, digital cameras , scanners, multimedia
components, and graphics software to create imaginative photos,
backgrounds, and layouts for theme-based digital scrapbooks.
Projects can be designed around a variety of curricular topics,
including biographies, autobiographies, travel journals, historical
events, or even imaginary adventures.
Digital Movie Production In the
Classroom -- 15 hours
Learn how to get students plan, shoot, and edit their own movies.
They will create a storyboard, construct sets, develop
characters, and then rehearse, shoot, and edit their movies. Students
can choose one of three basic formats for their movie -- design and
construct miniature characters and sets for their movie using polymer
clay and other assorted art materials; use LEGO® bricks and
figures to build their sets and characters; or plan their scenes
to use other students as actors in their movies.
-- 15 hours
Learn to create elementary computer
lab projects using PowerPoint, MS Word, a digital camera, scanner, and
the Internet. Participants will plan learning tasks that connect
technology with the elementary curriculum. Participants will have the
option of creating a web page.
Balanced Literacy Workshop
-- 15 hours
This is a hands-on workshop and
lesson exchange! Participants will explore web and other text
resources to create "guided reading" lessons/tools that will
become part of a "Guided Reading Online Lesson Bank". Come
with ideas to share. Prerequisite: familiarity with "guided
Explore some of the new features in Microsoft’s new XP Operating
System /Office XP productivity suite. Learn a few strategies for using
these applications with students to enhance learning, and get them
involved with technology. Other topics include: how to attach and open
files in email programs, and understanding where and how to save and
retrieve files in a network environment.
is a visual learning (concept mapping) software program designed
for K-5 learners. This
workshop will demonstrate how the program works to develop and
reinforce literacy skills. Students see connections between words and
their meanings, as they switch back and forth between the “picture”
and “writing” mode in the Kidspiration program. The program
uses visual learning techniques to help students brainstorm, organize,
plan, and create. Kidspiration is a more kid-friendly version of
Scavenger Hunts: Explore sample
Webquests and Scavenger hunts and learn how to set them up and locate
good information. WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities where the
information used by students is taken from the web. Scavenger hunts
involve developing a series of questions around a topic or theme and
providing students with links to resources for answering the
Photography and Imaging for the Classroom: Explore ways to use
digital photography/scanners in the classroom, learn a few basics
about using image-editing software to optimize pictures, and how to
insert images into a presentation, web, or print document.
Explore ways to create
electronic presentations for classroom use. Learn how to insert
graphics, format text, and add animated elements to enhance learning.
Learn what this intuitive
desktop publishing program has to offer for the classroom. Get your
students creating brochures, flyers, newsletters, websites, and much
more to reflect learning. Make communicating with parents easy.
Explore the possibilities for
using spreadsheets in the classroom. Learn how to organize information
to create tables, charts, to compare or make calculations.