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The Monroe #1 BOCES region has many exciting projects that bring technology into the classroom. Below we have resources and ideas on how educators in the region have integrated technology into curriculum
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Social Studies Projects

There are numerous ways to integrate technology in Social Studies curriculum.

Global Summit
Immigration Unit
Immigration and Human Movement is a multi state project, involving students in grades 3rd - 12th, sponsored by organizations in New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Erie Canal Distance Learning Project
State-wide collaboration for 4th grade classrooms studying the Erie Canal. Classrooms participate in a "learning" session via distance learning then create a project based on an essential question. The project can be a video, game show, talk show, student-created images, etc. Classrooms are grouped for the presentation and are encouraged to create an interactive presentation to pull in the students from the other classrooms. This projects address NYS 4th grade SS learning standards.

ELA Projects

Poetry Slams
Through distance learning several groups collaborate and participate in Poetry Slams. These opportunities are publicized through Holly Sharp
Blogs & Wikis
Blogs and Wikis are great collaborative tools to use in the classroom. Working on a specific project such as a novel, historical period, or project? Why not use a blog or wiki to house pertinent information, hold conversations, and upload assignments, assessments, or projects.


STEM Projects

  • GPS
  • Challenger Learning Center Space Cast
  • Google Earth
  • River City Project - a Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE) - "As visitors to River City, students travel back in time, bringing their 21st century skills and technology to address 19th century problems. Based on authentic historical, sociological, and geographical conditions, River City is a town besieged with health problems. Students work together in small research teams to help the town understand why residents are becoming ill. Students use technology to keep track of clues that hint at causes of illnesses, form and test hypotheses, develop controlled experiments to test their hypotheses, and make recommendations based on the data they collect, all in an online environment."[1]
  • Stream Team
  • Playful Inventors

FLIP Lessons

A FLIP Project is when a teacher "flips" the traditional curriculum delivery. For example, the lecture is recorded and posted to the classroom website and class time is used for inquiry based learning.

In Webster, Bob Enck records his lecture and posts the video that he creates using the SMART Board record option. You can create screen shots, using Jing, or other methods of recording. Here is an example of his recorded lesson click on APC Lecture Video. Student enjoy this delivery because they can watch the lecture as many times as needed. They also use the recording for test preparation, note taking, etc. They also enjoy more classroom time for inquiry and working on experiments and collaborating.


School Websites

School websites can be used as a communication tool between home/school and students/school. Depending on the site educators can update their site to have blog topics, homework, video resources, etc.
Regional Examples:

Podcast & Media

Educators can create podcasts with a MP3 player to help reiterate topics, concepts, etc. The podcast can be uploaded to a class webpage or to Monroe #1 BOCES Podcast Central Video can be created using Flip Cameras, Smartboard Recorder option, etc to upload to Podcast Central as well.

Smartboard Recording

Interactive whiteboards, such as SMARTBoards, have a recording feature. You can create notes, record lessons, or give enhancing instruction using the recording option.

Think about the implications this can have on instruction. By utilizing a Interactive White Board, educators can record their lessons, every mark on the board, every problem solved - to save and share with students.

When students are absent, need help with homework, and for assessment preparation, educators can have the resources available for them.

The resources can be added to a website classroom page, shared in email, or posted to Video On Demand (Safari Montage).

The process:
There are several ways to access the recording feature on the Smartboard.

  1. Select the Smartboard Icon located in the lower tool bar, select recorder and this image will appear (the box can be moved around)
    1. This box is easy to use in any application, you do not have to be in the Smart Notebook software to use this tool.
    2. The recording will be a .mov file format.


  1. With the Smart Notebook Software open, you can select the applications tab (the tab on the side with the letter A and the four boxes behind it). Select the Page Record Option and you will be able to record all that happens within the Smart Notebook Software.
  2. The record option is also available in the Floating Toolbar as well. You can add this option by selecting the gear at the bottom of the bar and dragging the recorder icon onto the toolbar.

Google Earth

Google Earth - many teachers create "tours" using Google Earth. A free download, Google Earth can be use in many curricular areas. A tour can be for geological studies, following a famous leader's travels (Martin Luther King, Presidential Campaigns, etc), follow a character(s) travels from a book, plot historic sites, Civil War studies, NYS Studies, Global Studies. The options are endless.


Sample Tours:

Moving Forward

Moving forward we'd like to ask a few questions regarding what you are going to do. Think about the following questions as you look at the sites, at the end of this we'd like to have you share your ideas with your neighbor, as well as let us know so we can help as you move towards your goals.

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