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Alien Scavenger HuntAlien Scavenger Hunt The website:  http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/games/alien/ash.html Classroom Applications: Partner Activity:  Use the above website as an individual or partner...

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Techniques for Engaging All StudentsTechniques for Engaging All Students When using interactive online resources, often you may want students to respond to a question you have displayed with your LCD projector or on your interactive whiteboard. ...

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Ordered Pairs StoriesOrdered Pairs Stories   The websites:  http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug/bugcoord.html (Copyrighted by Mark Cogan) http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html (Copyrighted...

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Justification for Teaching with Interactive ContentJustification for Teaching with Interactive Content In this age of accountability, it is more important than ever to be able to justify the tools and techniques we use in our classrooms with solid research.  So, not only am...

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Categorizing Interactive ContentCategorizing Interactive Content After I had been teaching with online resources in my classroom for a few weeks, I began to notice that the interactive content I was searching for fell into four distinct...

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Justification for Teaching with Interactive Content

Posted on : 08-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General

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Apple on ComputerIn this age of accountability, it is more important than ever to be able to justify the tools and techniques we use in our classrooms with solid research.  So, not only am I an advocate of teaching with online interactive content because I saw the positive effects it had in my classroom but also because it is supported by a myriad of research studies.  Here is a sampling of that research:

 

 Research by Middleton & Murray shows:

·         Students whose teachers were high level users of technology in the classroom scored significantly better than did students whose teachers were low level users of technology in the classroom. (Teachers who were high level users were differentiated from teachers who were low level users in terms of frequency and extent of use of computers with students, instructional methods used with technology, attitude toward the value of technology for learning, variety of uses of technology, and perception of influence of technology on student learning and behavior.)

Ordered Pairs Stories

Posted on : 08-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : The Coordinate Plane

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The websites:

 

Classroom applications:Billy Bug Screen Shot

 

1)      Whole Class Practice: Choose the Billy Bug website appropriate for your group of students—first quadrant or all four quadrants.  Use the website as a whole class practice activity after introducing the concept of locating points in the coordinate plane.

Introducing the Coordinate Plane and Ordered Pairs

Posted on : 08-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : The Coordinate Plane

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The websites:

Classroom applications:

1) Display the graph paper image from the first link for the whole class. Then, with your interactive white board pen or with a marker after projecting the image on a dry erase board, place a dot somewhere on the paper. Tell your students that in four minutes you are going to erase the dot and turn off the projector. Then, you are going to project the image again and call on a student, and you expect them to be able to place the dot in the same location.
*Note: Brainstorming for ideas on how to find the location to place the dot can be done individually, with partners, or in groups.

Categorizing Interactive Content

Posted on : 05-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General

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After I had been teaching with online resources in my classroom for a few weeks, I began to notice that the interactive content I was searching for fell into four distinct categories:  interactive animations, virtual manipulatives, practice activities, and games.  Each category is discussed in detail below.

Instructional AnimationInteractive Animations:  A good way to think of an interactive animation is as an electronic teacher.  (Although I don’t suggest you use these as a replacement for your instruction.  More about this in a later post.)  These pieces of content can act as online tutorials for a concept.  They often include sound effects¸ voiceovers, and animations to present concepts to students, and they may be in the form of an animated or real-life video.

Welcome to the Interactive Content Corner

Posted on : 05-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General

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Welcome!Welcome to the Interactive Content Corner:  A blog created by an elementary educator dedicated to helping other elementary and middle school teachers integrate interactive content into classroom instruction.

My name is Emily Starr.  I’m a former fourth grade teacher, President of StarrMatica Learning Systems, and an interactive content enthusiast!

I started integrating online interactive content in my classroom instruction five years ago, and teaching with technology has been my passion ever since.