Educational Technology @ Winthrop University

Fall 2010 White Papers


Graduate students studying Educational Technology at Winthrop University have been doing research on existing and emerging technologies. Each student has chosen a technology and researched it during the semester. Each student has written a white paper on their technology and is prepared to discuss the technology and how it may be used in education with you. Here are the details:

Wednesday, December 1st  from  5:30-6:45 p.m.

In Withers WTS, Room 322 B&C (the third floor computer labs) in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University.

A showcase on Educational Technology tools that are available. Each student in EDUC 651: Connecting Technology and Curriculum will present their technology in a poster session format during class. The students will be able to discuss with you a variety of factors related to the technology including: costs, licensing agreements, environmental factors that may impact implementation, the benefits and drawbacks of the technology, and how to use the technology. The showcase will be run much like a poster presentation at a professional conference. It would be completely appropriate to come for any part of the evening that you wish. It will run in a single session with half the class presenting in each of the adjacent labs. Please feel free to stay the entire time, or come just to learn about the particular technology you are interested in.

If you have questions please contact me by phone (803.323.2487) or by email ( An RSVP would be appreciated, but is not required.

Below are descriptions of the technologies we will be demonstrating. White papers will be available on this page on December 1st, 2010.

Agaisha Granger: EasyTech
Having difficulty implementing technology into your curriculum? Don’t have the time, knowledge, or skills to do so? I have the perfect solution to your problem.  EasyTech is a web-delivered K-8 technology literacy curriculum. It provides tools that allow the teacher to integrate technology into math, science, language arts, and social studies effectively and with ease. EasyTech is highly engaging and encourages student interaction with technology and curriculum. Improving student learning outcomes in core curriculum subjects, while providing students with the skills they need for success in the 21st Century is the ultimate goal of EasyTech.

Kelly Taylor: Skype
Skype is a program that is easy to download and has many implications for education. It is also free, which makes it even easier to access. Skype can be used in the classroom to create book clubs, establish pen pal relationships, perform parent-teacher conferences and take part in virtual field trips. Throughout the Technology Showcase and my paper I will talk much more about Skype and its promising future!

Melissa Yarborough: Geocaching
If you are looking for a hands-on, fun, and engaging way to teach students, look no further than your GPS device. Geocaching is a concept where one uses a GPS enabled device to lead the way to a set location using only the coordinates. Once arriving at the predestined place, there will be some sort of ‘treasure’ in a container that will vary in size. Geocaching can be used for a wide variety of subject areas. It is widely available using and any GPS enabled device. 

Courtney Beckstrom: Flip Video
The Flip Video is a user friendly device that allows you to record up to 60 minutes of video with just a push of a button. There is a USB drive that flips out and your video can be uploaded to your computer within minutes. The Flip has many educational implications for a classroom teacher.  Students can record a reader’s theater presentation, teachers can prerecord a demonstration to a science lesson, or students can record their reading fluency. Teachers can use the Flip in the classroom to engage student learning.  

Nicole Gaillard: is a free, web-based social learning network which provides the school community such as teachers, students, parents, and administrators an easy way to communicate and collaborate on academic issues. Students can participate in online discussion boards, collaborate on projects, and get help from peers and teachers at anytime. Schoology also makes grades and online activity records available for parents' and administrators' viewing.

Kristen Nuss: Discovery Education
Discovery Education is a tool for teachers to bring 21st century learning to their classroom.  It offers digital resources for schools and homes in all core-curriculum areas. The digital resources include educational videos, audio files, lesson plans, virtual labs, an interactive atlas, and builder tools that give teachers the opportunity to integrate technology into their classroom.

Courtney McEntee: SMART AirLiner
Imagine being able to monitor your students while still maintaining their attention on the lesson at the board.  Impossible?  Not with the SMART AirLiner Wireless Slate!  The AirLiner uses Bluetooth technology so that you can maneuver around the room while teaching a lesson.  Come see what the AirLiner is all about!  You will learn about the functions of the AirLiner and even some lesson ideas that will keep your students engaged!

Elizabeth Sain: Photo Story 3
Photo Story 3 is a free, downloadable application from Microsoft.  It allows the user to create a “story” while integrating photos, music, and narration. This application is easily used to by the teacher to present information to students, parents or colleagues. Photo Story 3 is also an engaging tool for student use.  The innovative, hands-on approach is an excellent means of alternative assessment for students.

Casey Stroud: Edmodo
Edmodo is a free online community for teachers and students. This website allows teachers to create a virtual classroom and give students an access code. Through this "classroom", teachers can create assignments, maintain a class calender, and converse with students as well as other teachers. This is a great resource to organize information and present it to a class as well as allow students to contribute to their own learning!

Kathy Stellerine:  Elluminate Live!
Elluminate Live! is the premier teacher’s resource for conducting online classes. This tool is capable of integrating chat, video conferencing, and application sharing in a single program. Built-in test taking capabilities, polling, and web quests add to the near limitless functionality of Elluminate Live! Educators are able to utilize Eluminate Live! to share information and knowledge online in any form that is used in a physical classroom. 

Elizabeth Floyd: Mobile Learning
Mobile Learning uses a variety of devices that students, parents, teachers and administrators can utilize to access content from virtually anywhere in the world. Mobile Learning can be used in a variety of settings like completing assignments, watching demonstrations, using applications while on a field a trip or identifying rocks and plants on the playground. Students will be excited to learn and remain engaged in content. Using mobile learning will help students work in collaborative environments and support their individual learning.

Pam McKee: Comic Life
Comic Life isn’t just about comics! With Comic Life students can incorporate pictures from personal photo files, add speech bubbles and other effects to publish to the web or share by e-mail, blog or social networks. For a very low price, this software can be downloaded to heighten interest as students challenge themselves with often boring assignments. Comic Life lends itself to encourage student’s creativity and instill an attitude toward lifelong learning.

Heidi Shadbolt: Smart Pens
Have you ever had trouble writing notes in school and listening to what your teacher was talking about?  A smart pen is a fully functional pen that is equipped with a camera that actually records what you write!! It also has a microphone built into it too, which can record audio to correspond with your notes. This way if you missed something your teacher said or did not have a chance to write it down you did not miss a thing!!  This is just one of the ways a smart pen could be used in a classroom setting!

Rachel Bishop: Android Phones
Phones that use the Android operating system are quickly dominating the market as a competitor for the iPhone.  Though the use of cell phones in schools is a debated topic, these phones can be used in educational settings and have exciting applications that can be used to create multiple learning opportunities.  There are many features on these phones that can create engaging, differentiated learning environments. 

Monica Wells: Glogster
Glogster is an interactive poster that allows educators and students to demonstrate their knowledge of an academic subject.  Glogs are creative because they allow users to upload videos, pictures, sound, and text.  Glogs are posted to a social site where viewers are able to look at glogs created by students and teachers all over the world.

Lindsey Hall:
The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a free website offering over 4000 multicultural books in various languages. This website is extremely user-friendly for both children and adults. It offers visual ways to select books and provides books that have a spiral reader, giving users the ability to feel like they are reading a tangible book. The ICDL is especially beneficial to school personnel because it promotes world-wide cultural awareness and allows students opportunities to have a better understanding of computer literacy.

Chelsea Pedersen: Wii
The Nintendo Wii is a video gaming console that using motion sensing technology to get your students up and moving while playing a game.  The Wii can be used in Physical Education to keep students of varying abilities on the same level.  The Wii not only has use in PE, there are also puzzle and educational games that can be used in the classroom. The Wii is a great what to get the digital natives in your classroom involved. 

Jada Hazlett: Edmodo
Social Networking is a trend that has spread around the world in the past few years. It has not only become a habit, but also an important part of people's lives. Edmodo is a website that connects social networking with education. It allows students to be a part of a social network and use it to learn whatever the teacher desires to teach with it. While using Edmodo, students can use a website like other social networking sites that they are used to, but use it to learn.

Elizabeth Ray: Netbooks
The technology that I chose to study is netbooks.  Netbooks are lightweight laptops that have many different uses in the educational setting.  Netbooks weigh 2-3 pounds but can do most basic functions that a standard size notebook can perform. They can be used for a wide range of activities in the classroom.  These activities include things from word processing activities, to power point presentations, to researching and using the Internet.

Jamie Good: Kindle
The Kindle is becoming a popular portable, digital reading device created and promoted by Kindle has the ability to enhance the learning experience in the classroom by showing teachers and students a new and exciting way to read. With various built-in features the Kindle has to offer, students can benefit from using it in the classroom.

Eileen Buescher: Edmodo
Edmodo is a social networking website designed strictly for the educational setting. This program allows teachers and students to participate in microblogging discussions, respond to polls, and manage and submit assignments relating to course material. It is a private platform, meaning its content is not available to the general public. Only teachers can create and manage Edmodo accounts. As blogging has become more ingrained into our society, Edmodo and other modes of social networking are earning a very worthy place in education.



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