We recently purchased chromebooks for integration in our 4th - 6th grade program. Although the following is an email that was sent to these teachers the content I believe to be extremely helpful. A lot of information was directly taken from DITCH That Textbook! This is a fantastic book and I truly believe everyone should read it! Such great content and information from author Matt Miller!
An overview of Chromebook:
SAMR and TPACK
SAMR is the pinnacle model of technology usage in classroom. All uses of technology fall somewhere within the four categories, with modification and redifinition being the top striving categories. The best way to visualize this is each word represents a section of blooms taxonomy with modification and Redifintion being at the higher end of the spectrum.
TPACK is a different model but takes concepts form SAMR. TPACK stands for:
A (The a is silent)
TPACK looks at combining the the three areas (technology, content, and pedagogy) to create strong teaching practices to leverage student success.
Find out more at www.tpack.org
Useful Apps (websites) for chromebooks
Things to consider when designing a project.
Finally, my most important advice as we begin our journey into chromebooks. YOU are your own professional development! if you don't understand something or want to try something in class, use Google and Youtube to learn about it. Have a student try it and come back to teach the class on what they learned. You can't always wait around for me. I am the first to admit that there is a lag time between when you ask a question and when I can answer. As Sean Jenkins ( a tech integration specialist from South Carolina) says, " I've yet to have a student tell me they can't use technology in class because they haven't had any PD on it."