Welcome to Make It Work: Using Technology to Engage All Learners!

Discover technologies that help students express their interests, talents, and readiness to demonstrate what they know and can do with the content of your subject area. Each session in this series will consist of hands-on practice with the technology as well as practical applications.

In preparation for each week's technology sessions, please make sure you have the following software programs or have signed up for accounts on the web sites we will be using.

Using Presentations to Build Meaning (Powerpoint)
Be sure you have a copy of Powerpoint installed on your laptop - it comes standard with HCPSS-issued laptops.

Using Presentations to Build Meaning (PhotoStory 3, Keynote, Comic Life)
Be sure you have the software installed on your laptop - if you don't already have it, you can get it here:

Mac-users

PC-users

Using Google Docs to Build Collaboration (Google Docs)
Be sure to sign up for a Google email if you don't already have one.

Using Blogs to Communicate in Writing (Edublogs)
Be sure you sign up for a blog at http://edublogs.org/

Using Wikis to Communicate in Writing (Wikispaces)
Be sure you sign up for a wiki at http://www.wikispaces.com/

Using Podcasts to Communicate Orally (iTunes, Audacity, Garageband)
Be sure you have the software installed on your laptop - if you don't already have it, you can get it here:

Mac-users (Both come standard with HCPSS-issued laptops.)

PC-users (These programs may both be on your HCPSS laptop.)

Using WebQuests to Tie It All Together (WebQuests)
Think about a particular unit of study in which you would like students to do some research and report out in a real-world application.

To earn 1 CPD credit, you will also need to complete a project that shows how you incorporated one or more of these technologies into instruction. As you work through the various sessions, start gathering together any images, resources, and materials you want to incorporate into your project.

You will learn a lot through these sessions, but we hope you have a lot of fun, too. This is your time to learn, explore, and play with these programs!