Keystone Technology Integrator Summit ~
July 29, 2009
Thursday~ 1:10-4:30 COLE 119
Traci Blazosky
Mark Engle
Session Description
Summarizing and analyzing a story, theme or experience to successfully demonstrate comprehension is essential to student learning. However, just giving students a piece of paper and a pencil, and telling them to summarize can quickly lead to a roomful of groans. There are many different ways to motivate students to effectively summarize and enhance their ability to understand content for learning. Working individually or collaboratively, students can use Web2.0 tools like Blabberize and Voicethread, and programs such as Photostory3 to improve writing and practice these strategies. Students can have a permanent visual component and watch their writing come "alive". These tools will foster creativity and enable students to elaborate on what they have learned through art and animation.

This session is a hands-on session where participants will learn how to incorporate Voicethread, Blabberize and Photostory3 across the curriculum. Participants will see several examples of how students put their knowledge to work. They will then have the opportunity to work collaboratively to summarize what a "Keystone Technology Integrators" role is. They will use one of the tools discussed to create a final product of their written and/or illustrated ideas to share.


Intro to Voicethread


Voicethread Examples


View the presentation at or navigate through the site below.


Photostory Step by Step

Green Screen

Check out our quick video we created... we only had about 45min :P
Teams had to pick one of 4 backgrounds and write a quick skit to perform. They did a great job for the short time frame we had!

Green Screen with Adobe Premiere Elements 4

These tools allow teachers to differentiate instruction and motivate student learning. They also encompass the state standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Other standards may also be applied to this session, depending on the story, theme or experience.


Math Assessment Anchors
M.A.1-3 Numbers and Operations
M.B.1-2 Measurement
M.C.1-3 Geometry
M.D.1-4 Algebraic Concepts
M.E.1-4 Data Analysis and Probability
Reading Assessment Anchors
R.A.1 Understand/interpret fiction appropriate to grade level
R.A.2 Understand/interpret nonfiction appropriate to grade level
R.B.1 Describe/interpret literary elements within texts
R.B.2. Understand literary devices in fictional and nonfictional texts
R.B.3 Understand concepts and organization of nonfictional texts
Science Assessment Anchors
S.A.1-3 The Nature of Science
S.B.1-3 Biological Sciences
S.C.1-3 Physical Sciences
S.D.1-3 Earth and Space Sciences
Depending on the content being taught, various anchors could be used.

NETS (Students) addressed:

1. Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students: a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes. b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression. c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

2. Communication and Collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students: a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. 6. Technology Operations and Concepts Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students: a. understand and use technology systems. d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

NETS (Teachers) addressed:

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers: a. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers: a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity c. customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources

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