Technology Tools for Schools

A Presentation for the Alabama Education Association

2011 PLU/CEU Regional Conferences

Huntsville, Alabama

September 17, 2011

eClicker App
"eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received."
Cost is $9.99 for the hosting app and free for users to respond through their wireless device.

Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants

Digital Natives think differently

The differences between digital native learners and digital immigrant teachers.

Digital Native Learners
Digital Immigrant Teachers
Prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.
Prefer slow and controlled release of information from limited sources.
Prefer parallel processing and multitasking.
Prefer singular processing and single or limited tasking.
Prefer processing pictures, sounds, and video before text.
Prefer to provide text before pictures, sounds, and video.
Prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.
Prefer to provide information linearly, logically, and sequentially.
Prefer to interact/network simultaneously with many others.
Prefer students to work independently rather than network and interact.
Prefer to learn “just-in-time.”
Prefer to teach “just-in-case” (it’s on the exam).
Prefer instant gratification and instant rewards.
Prefer deferred gratification and deferred rewards.
Prefer learning that is relevant, instantly useful, and fun.
Prefer to teach to the curriculum guide and standardised tests.

*Ian Jukes and Anita Dosaj, The InfoSavvy Group, February 2003

The Myth of the Digital Native Another point of view!

We don't need research to tell us that ...
  • They socialize electronically through cell phones, instant messaging, and websites such as Facebook.
  • They are content creators with mp3 players and blogging.
  • They enjoy complicated online games.

What Can We Do with Web 2.0?

Social Bookmarking


  • Short for "web-log"
  • Keeping and posting a journal online
  • A special type of webpage that can be created and easily updated using a web browser
  • One person posts and others can comment
  • Posts are in chronological order

Examples of educational blogs

Cool Cat Teacher Blog -
Vicky Davis - A technology teacher who is doing amazing things.
A Difference
Darren Kuropatwa - A math teacher who is infusing technology into his classroom.
Pre-Cal 40S
One of Darren's classroom blogs
Sargent Park Math Zone
Chris Harbeck - Another math teacher using technology with his students
Mathematical Musings
Jeanne's Personal Blog

Sites for setting up your own blog (easy to use) (for teachers) (for students)


  • From the Hawaiian word "wiki wiki" which means "quick" or "fast"
  • A web page that can be easily edited by multiple authors.

Examples of educational wikis

Westwood Wiki
The online space for students of Westwood Schools to learn and collaborate.
Weblogg-ed Presentation Links
Lots of great info about wikis
Wikis in Education
Links to many wikis created by educators

Site for setting up your own wiki