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ClipPix ETC offers over 20,000 royalty-free stock photographs for classroom use. The collection includes content for every subject area and additional, curated sub-collections on water issues, dolls of the world, and historic architecture. I’ve taken over 15,000 of the photographs on the site.
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM combines five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments (active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-directed, authentic, and collaborative) with five levels of technology integration to create a matrix of 25 cells. Each cell provides video examples appropriate to the characteristic and integration level.
ClipArt ETC provides students and teachers with over 70,000 pieces of quality educational clipart. These are high-quality scans of sources such as nineteenth-century history texts, botanical encyclopedias, journals, school textbooks, and other image sources. The sharp line drawings often are able to reveal details and structures that ordinary photograph do not convey.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
The Florida Center for Instructional Technology provides professional learning, digital content, and technology integration evaluation services to schools and districts worldwide. Located in the University of South Florida’s College of Education, FCIT has been a leader in K-20 technology integration since 1982.
Gather data to support decision-making.
This online survey provides essential information about current teacher use and perceptions of technology. The results can be used to collect baseline data for special initiatives, inform technology purchase decisions, identify professional development needs, and facilitate coaching in the use of instructional technology. The TUPS looks at what teachers believe about the role of technology in the classroom, as well as their comfort and confidence with technology in general, with pedagogy of technology, and with a variety of different specific technologies. It also asks teachers about the frequency with which they and their students use those technologies.
Document the pedagogical dimensions of classroom technology use.
The TIM-O is a flexible tool for classroom walkthroughs that can be used for formative feedback, peer coaching, grant evaluation, or professional development planning. The TIM-O is a web-based system that works on any device and requires no software installation. It’s designed to guide principals, teachers, and others through the process of evaluating the level of technology integration within a particular lesson. When completed, the tool produces a profile for the observed lesson in terms of the Technology Integration Matrix.
Push the frontiers of great teaching with technology.
As teachers increase integration of technology in their classrooms, they begin to take more responsibility for ensuring its effective use with students. The ARTI tool provides a framework for teachers to design and conduct their own action research projects. ARTI guides teachers through the five basic steps of an action research project: identification of a question, description of the context, data collection, analysis, and the creation of findings.