Educational companies charge thousands of dollars for media libraries and instant-feedback technology that can be easily located and integrated at no cost or expensive training. Your students might use YouTube for entertainment, but in the classroom, it can be a powerful tool for research, discussion, and assessment. Google Docs and Socrative are tools that give a voice to all students--even those who rarely choose to participate--and provide teachers with powerful, instant information about student understanding. You will get your hands dirty in this session, but you will not spend a dime and will leave with the ability to integrate three well-known, but recently-improved tools that improve student participation and engagement in easy and useful ways.
Bring a lesson idea to work with; we'll walk you through the process and help you visualize its application in your own classroom or district. Technology should not overwhelm a classroom or turn it upside down; it's simply another tool in an arsenal of strategies to make learning more engaging and effective for today's students. They know how to use it; so should you!