Integration of Productivity Tools in Instruction: Ideas and Examples:


Description: Productivity tools allow teachers, students, and other educational professionals to do something that was not possible without technology and share it with others. "In contrast to traditional software that encourages linear procedural processes, tool software is open-ended, promoting an education that includes the expressive forms of learning and provides greater opportunities for problem-solving. Word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, graphics and telecommunications are productivity tools that, along with simulation and interactive video applications, empower teachers and students in the problem-solving activities." [http://www.soe.vcu.edu/merc/briefs/brief7.htm

Teachers/Administrators using Google Docs:

Continuous Improvement Idea

Mrs. Dallinger from Binion used Google Forms/Survey Tool to collect data from her students in the Library. She tabulated the results using the built in item analyzer in Google Docs and posted her results. This tool is very simple and easy to use and meets one of the district goals of Continuous Improvement.

Jason Wells Teaching BHS Ready, Set, Teach!

Jason Wells, principal of Birdville High, taught Google Docs to Karen Kallas's Ready, Set, Teach! students after learning it at the ILT Leadership Learning Series. See pictures here. IMG_1922.jpg IMG_1917.jpg IMG_1921.jpg IMG_1924.jpg

General Ideas:


Microsoft lesson plans for students and educators

http://www.microsoft.com/education/lessonplans.mspx


Elementary

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts

Middle School
  • ELA
  • Math --SimCalc SimCalc MathWorlds project is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, US Department of Education, July 2007-June 2011. This program helps students to create and analyze simulations using graphing functions. It can be installed on alll BISD middle school computers.
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts

High School
  • ELA
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts