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Twin Lakes School Corporation
Monticello, Indiana
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Journey with Children: Improving Literacy through Technology
Technology integration is a critical component of the district's Comprehensive Reading Plan. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore some basic technologies and actively participate in an examination of how these technologies can be utilized to meet the components of Scientifically-Based Reading Research: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Tammy Payton is the 1998 recipient of the National Milken Educator award and sought after nationally as a workshop presenter in the area of instructional technologies.

Download Lesson Plan Template for Language Arts (word format) (pdf format)

  1. When you should modify instruction
    1. Three considerations
      1. Know when it can add to your curriculum
      2. Know your software
      3. Aligned to learning standards
    2. Self-assess your technology comfort level (see handout)
    3. Four stages for change to occur (see PowerPoint)
  2. How to modify instruction
    1. Tips for developing criteria for assessment (see handout)
    2. Developing computer lesson plan
      1. Using pre-assessment strategies, identify what curriculum content needs to be addressed
      2. Identify learning standards
      3. Select the software program that will best address the goals and standards for student learning
      4. Develop assessment strategies (see handout for tips)
      5. Assess where your students' comfort level is with this software
      6. Pre-plan how you will prepare your students for using technology (see this Power Point for additional suggestions)
      7. Define the learning goals for this lesson
    3. Preview suggested lesson plans in the handout for using:
      1. Kid Pix
      2. Kidspiration
      3. PowerPoint
      4. Internet
  3. Practice
    1. Select one of the following software titles and develop a lesson plan
      1. Kid Pix
      2. Kidspiration
      3. PowerPoint
      4. Internet
    2. Get student feedback on lesson's effectiveness
    3. Personally assess your success and modify when needed
  4. Share your ideas with your colleagues

Additional Resources to Use

Visit the area called "Student Materials" for lesson plans and applications that are student-interactive.
Go to the "Kidspiration" section then explore suggested classroom applications.
Tompkins, G.E.
(2004). 50 literacy strategies: step by step (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Gura, M. & R. Reissman (ed.).
(2001). Making literacy magic happen. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.