PA 2.0: Tech Tools for Teachers
On Wednesday, June 5th Pinkerton Academy Marketing and Business Management students will be hosting PA 2.0: Tech Tools for Teachers, the first ever social media and Web 2.0 trade show targeted to faculty and staff. The idea for the trade show comes from the recent technology workshop day for faculty and staff and the vision for technology integration to enhance teaching and learning at Pinkerton Academy. Below are several examples of the trade show “booths” that students have created for this exciting event.
PA 2.0: Tech Tools for Teachers, is a student-centered project designed to allow marketing students to demonstrate their creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
Students are working in teams researching current educational technology tools including Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Android and iPhone apps, and Web 2.0 tools that are content specific. Students will demonstrate how social media and web 2.0 can be used for teacher professional development and as a way to integrate meaningful and engaging technology tools into the classroom. According to Pinkerton policy, Smartphones are permitted to be used in class with teacher permission. The trade show will allow students to show teachers how they can incorporate students’ mobile devices into the classroom. Tools such as Google Drive, Edmodo, Dropbox, and Evernote allow teachers and students to more effectively communicate, stay organized, and create a digital workflow. Web 2.0 tools such as Voice Thread, Prezi, Glogster, Pixton, Wordle, Tagxedo, WordPress, Animoto, and Podcasts give students more choices to demonstrate their learning and lend themselves to increased collaboration and creativity, all important 21st century skills.
One of the greatest benefits of increased technology integration is teaching students how to create a positive digital footprint. Marketing students are hard at work developing trade show “booths” as well as actual lessons to demonstrate to faculty. The students are piloting this effort which has the potential to become an annual event.