Welcome to My Classroom

Opening thoughts, rationale, and guiding principles

CSUSM College of Education’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the College of Education Community is to collaboratively transform public education by preparing thoughtful educators and advancing professional practices. We are committed to diversity, educational equity, and social justice, exemplified through reflective teaching, life-long learning, innovative research, and ongoing service. Our practices demonstrate a commitment to student centered education, diversity, collaboration, professionalism, and shared governance.

My philosophy on education is grounded in Constructivism, Multiple Intelligences Theory,  Democracy in Education, and that learning is a social construct.  The technology that I use in my classroom allow my students to achieve and increase their motivation towards learning.   Technology does not replace good teaching.  For me, the integration of technology enhances my repertoire and improves the craft of teaching.  The tech tools that I shared with you during this presentation are my hybrid tools that fit my teaching style.  I work and collaborate with many teachers that have their own hybrid approach to the integration of tech. Please user these resources to start building your repertoire in a tech-rich classroom environment.

Google Corporate Philosophy: http://www.google.com/corporate/tenthings.html

ISTE/NETS Standards:
"ISTE standards for students, teachers, and administrators help to measure proficiency and set aspirational goals for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed in today’s Digital Age."

For Administrators http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForAdministrators/2002Standards/NETS_for_Administrators_2002_Standards.htm

For Teachers http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2000Standards/NETS_for_Teachers_2000.htm

For Students

Google Docs
Crib Sheet Handout: http://www.google.com/educators/activities/pdfs_GTA/CribSheet.Docs3.pdf

Award winning Journalism Program using Google Applications: http://voice.paly.net/

Google Earth
Crib Sheet Handout: http://www.google.com/educators/activities/pdfs_GTA/CribSheet.Earth5.pdf

Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.org/

Real World Math: http://www.realworldmath.org/iWeb/Real%20World%20Math/RealWorldMath.org.html

Indian Ocean Tsunami Activity: http://tinyurl.com/4ww8lw

(Google Search Tip:  Search for .kml or .kmz files for Google Earth)

Google Earth *PRO* is FREE for Educators!  (Read the directions at the link below.)


Crib Sheet Handout: http://www.google.com/educators/activities/pdfs_GTA/CribSheet.Picasa3.pdf

Other Google Resources Mentioned in Presentation

Google on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=google&search_type=search_users

Even More Google: Please take the time to explore this on your own http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/

Other resources that I use regularly and might have referenced in the presentation 

Quia ( $49) http://www.quia.com/shared/
Create 16 types of educational games and activities, quizzes with eight different question types, surveys, and web pages. Extensive “shared activities” created by educators.
Here is an example of one of my Quia games that support the Reading Intervention curriculum. http://www.quia.com/rr/336053.html

Vocabulary Workshop (Free) http://www.vocabtest.com/
Vocabulary tests for middle school through high school. The tests follow the Sadlier-Oxford textbooks.

Jefferson County PowerPoint Collection (Free) http://jc-schools.net/ppt.html
Content created by teachers and is public domain. These content specific PowerPoint activities can be downloaded and adapted to your Student Response System.

Quizlet (Free) http://quizlet.com/
Search activities or create your own vocabulary learning games. Quizlet has extensive topics and a variety of ways to learn and practice.

Free Rice http://www.freerice.com/
Provides English vocabulary to everyone for free. Helps end world hunger.

Technology Portal http://guest.portaportal.com/teach
A plethora of categorized links to tecg resorces

California Learning Resource Network http://www.clrn.org/
Web page to find standards algned software video and internet learning resources.

Thinkfinity Educational Resources (Verizon): http://www.thinkfinity.org/

Interwrite Products that I use

            Interwrite Slate:

            Student Response System:

            (Interwrite was acquired by eInstruction:
http://www.einstruction.com/ )
Professional Resources

CUE: http://www.cue.org/

CTAP 9- Orange/San Diego Counties: http://www.ctap9.org/CTAP9/

CTAP 10- Riverside/San Bernardino Counties http://www.ctap10.org/

ISTE: http://www.iste.org/

WestEd: http://www.wested.org/cs/we/print/docs/we/home.htm


Constructivism and Technolgy: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech005.shtml

ISTE- “Multiple Intelligences and Instructional Technology”: http://tinyurl.com/5wjr2l

Prensky “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants: http://tinyurl.com/ypgvf

Information about me

Google Video