Summer Course Day One – TVS Tech Kids

Tomorrow begins day one of my SSTVS course “Using New Technologies in Education.” Essentially, it’s a course on how to get use your Smart Phone and Computer for more than just Facebook. I’m really excited about the class but am concerned about developing my focus. I plan on presenting it in a work-shop-like format, low key, and let the kids lead the way. There are four, one and a half hour classes and I have eager kiddos – Middle School Age through High School. I’ve sent out a mass email telling them all to bring their smart phones, tablets, and laptops and made arrangements to have a classroom set of computers! I’m very excited.

Tomorrow, I think that we’re going to focus on setting up accounts and installing software (on both computers and smartphones/tablets).

First and foremost will be google. Setting up a google and gmail account will allow us to play with things like Google Docs, Google Goggles, Google Books, Google Scholar, and even Google Earth (if bandwidth permits).

I also want to introduce them to DropBox, which I use to sync files between computers (as a floating teacher, this one is a life saver).

We’ll also play with Evernote which is a great, free tool for organizing, well… everything.

I may have even gotten my Computer Tech person to install Diigo on the computers (fingers crossed).

I’ve also got a MindMeister map set up – it’s a fun tool for collaboration and free form planning (both individually and as a group).

Largely, the kids’ knowledge and familiarity with these tools is going to dictate the course. My initial thought is to give them some joint projects to develop – otherwise, I can let them work it out how they can best put them to use. I’m excited to see where this goes!

4 thoughts on “Summer Course Day One – TVS Tech Kids

  1. mathymcmatherson

    Jen!! I ❤ all of this.

    Here are my thoughts: Start with MindMeister and have the kids play around with it, then have them use it to create a concept map for "How to use my smartphone/computer/the internet to help me learn and collaborate" (this sentence/topic could use some work…). Then introduce all the other stuff you have and, after each item is introduced, they add to the mind map they're creating. Hopefully by the end they'll have this whole MindMeister mind-map of ideas on how to use technology responsibly.

    I just re-read your blog and saw that this is over 4 different days, so maybe have 4 different maps/prompts? That'd be sorta cool.

    Or you could have some sort of mini fake research project/presentation they have to do on some silly pop-culture topic of their choosing – have them collect resources via Diigo and Evernote, store any digital copies via Dropbox, outline their paper using MindMeister, then write the paper via Google Docs (or make a presentation via the Google Powerpoint equivalent).

    Or maybe the kids will just want to play with their phones and technology the whole time.

    Other online things that are sorta cool: did you know Google did this: Also, for flashcards about anything (and customizable).

    Looks awesome – wish I could take your class =)


    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      That’s a really great idea. I think that I will have them make google id’s first, so that we can then do everything on their google ID’s. However, I really like the Mind-Mapping Prompts (especially as I’m trying to get my school to purchase a Mind Meister subscription).
      Thanks for your input! I’m definitely up to letting it be organic but want some frame work. Going to steal your ideas and make them my own.

    2. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Think I’m also going to do the first mind-map as a “Class Rules.” It will be epic. If you have had a chance to play with Mind Meister, it will let you export your maps, which is really cool. I’ll probably post them on here.

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