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Working with Interns
Field Instructors and classroom instructors have asked how previous interns have used technology in their classrooms. Please share those examples!
Tessellations in PowerPoint Discussion
An intern in a fifth grade classroom built a PowerPoint presentation of patterns and used it as a discussion tool with students to decide whether each pattern fit the criteria of a tessellation. Using the animation feature of PowerPoint, the intern first showed the picture, had students point out the initial shape and any tessellating shapes, and then added the outlined shapes to be sure all could see.
Moon Rotation Simulation Video
An intern used an online demonstration of the moon's rotation to help her third graders visualize the difficult concept.
Google Maps and Google Earth and terrain, traveling, and historic places
Both secondary and elementary interns found Google Earth (
) and Google maps (
) helpful for studying terrain, landforms, distances, and perspectives. A high school social studies intern used it whenever discussing areas outside of the U.S.; a second grade intern began her unit of Japan by "flying" with her students from their school to Tokyo.
Google Sites and Web Pages for Student Exploration of Lighthouses
For her unit on lighthouses, another intern use googlepages (now
) to create a website (
) highlighting several lighthouses with short descriptions and pictures and providing links for further research. Her fourth graders worked in pairs, using the website to learn about their lighthouse, and then produced a brochure for encouraging others to come to their lighthouse. Because the intern noticed her students' lack of keyboarding skills, she chose to require a handwritten and hand illustrated brochure rather than a digital format.
Copyright and Internet Safety
Other interns have reported using the internet for research on social studies and science projects, providing links for student use or reviewing searching skills prior to the research, depending on the age of the students. Copyright and Internet Safety are always good topics to cover when venturing on the internet. Resources used by interns:
(also called an ELMO)- all students see; immediate, no need to make transparency
Textbook while reading
Place value blocks
- gather information online, compare another place to school’s
- operate them online
of Michigan history
Check online for more info on current events
Pictures from online for current events
Spelling help from
for language learning
- students tell about themselves by adding comic bubbles to pictures
- watch second language movies together
- search and watch digital stories which help build vocabulary skills
- an online visual dictionary, uses images to help scaffold the meaning of words. Please make sure you guide students through this site, because some of the images are not suitable for children.
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