Well we all made it to the New Year and our school is one week away from getting all new computer equipment to spruce up our communal computer labs. But the best part is that we will have 5 Chromebook carts for checkout. I am super excited about that but I was a little skeptical about whether or not more teachers would jump on the technology bandwagon or not. Our faculty seems to be a pretty even mix of people that are set on doing things one way and people who are open to changing and improving.
I am have been impressed with the overwhelming number of new teachers I have coming to check out carts. Above and beyond that I love the ideas that they are coming up with for the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. I wanted to share just a few ideas that have come about--none of which are Chromebook only ideas but it makes it super handy when you can turn a website into a clickable app-especially for those younger babies. So any who I digress, here are some neat things happening with educational technology at Greenville High School:
1. Miss Harris is getting ready to begin a project on the Industrial Revolution and she asked me to help introduce her to the Chromebook. The neat thing is that we found out most of the programs she has incorporated into the already friggin' amazing technology infused bunch of awesomeness are in the Web Store on the Chromebook. So now all her kids are going to have to do is click whatever program they need to complete a part of the project.
***This menu she created is based on the Multiple Intelligences and brain based learning. You should Google this stuff. It can revolutionize how you do Project Based Learning***
2. Ms. Moore (L.) is using the Chromebooks to go paperless to some degree in her Law Enforcement Classes. Instead of wasting those precious copies printing practice police reports for her students, she and I worked together to get those bad boys scanned into .pdfs. Now her students are able to use a Chrome App Extension called Kami to annotate directly on the documents and then send them back to her electronically through Google Drive.
So I challenge you to think of your next big project and how you can integrate the Chromebooks into the classroom for more than just a glorified search engine. Use this stuff...it is awesome, engaging, and rewarding to the students!
Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.