Digital Bus – Episode 2 – Presentation Technologies

  • Intro & Recap of last week- Paths
  • This week- Covering the Presentation Tools
    • Presenting content is important to both teaching and learning
    • Outfitting the classroom
  • Steve reminisces about his teaching days. – oh Steve….
    • Todays tools are vastly different than they were back then
    • Transitioning teachers to new tools is a difficult but necessary task.
  • Process of decision making for the “presentation tools”
    • Began a few years back with a “Go Cart” – tablet pc, speakers, vcr, clickers, all on one cart. Big and bulky…but that’s not the point… the point is learning.
    • Teacher response= “not what I want”
    • It’s not about the piece of technology but rather what you do with the technology to enhance and transform the learning experience.
    • Teachers began to fall in love with the data projector. It got messy. But it was an indicator that this is the direction we needed to go in.
    • Focus of the presentation technology tools = anyone can be the teacher!
  • Technologies at different levels:
    • K-2 rooms got Smartboards in the classroom- placed at a level that is good for kids to interact with.
    • Grades 3-5, did not see need for Smartboard. Rather 1:1 technologies, although we did not know what the tool would be at this time.
    • All new tech carts got document cameras, 4 large audio speakers mounted in the ceiling and wired to cart. Extra VGA cables for laptop hook up and audio cable.
  • Getting into the tools that were put into the hands of students. Putting the iPad into the hand of students allows each student to receive content and present content
  • How is this changing the learning environment?  In Zeeland, we are aiming to keep what is best for kids at the front of this search.
  • What’s coming down the road? Apps?
    • Interactive content- Ask3, streaming content and interact collaboratively.
    • Interactive presentation space.
  • Presentation stories-

Thanks for listening- Please reach out and leave feedback, ask questions, suggest a topic for discussion that you would like to hear about.  email to: digitalbus@zps.org

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