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Technology Tip: Help from Intel

In November, I had a chance to attend Intel’s Thinking with Technology course in Stevens Point. DPI has a grant to train “master teachers” in this series and a more general integration course called Essentials. Intel has been sponsoring quality training for teachers since 1998 when it was limited to states where they had plants. Here are some of the tools they’ve developed along the way:

  • Help Guide: To help learners with technology skills, Intel has an online help guide for Office, Open Office, and Office for Mac. All the tutorials have text and images–click on the sample on the right to see what it looks like. You can find answers for how to add animation in PowerPoint to making your text look good in Word.
  • Assessing Projects: Access and search a huge database  of assessments. With registration, you may collect and revise any existing rubrics, checklists, and more. With registration, you can create your own online library of assessments.
  • Projects & Project Ideas: Intel’s best ideas come from their teachers. Browse sample projects by grade level bands.
  • Online Thinking Tools: Intel has created three great online tools for helping teachers work with complex thinking skills (Visual Ranking, Seeing Reason, and Showing Evidence). Look for some formal learning opportunities with these tools starting in January. We’re in the process of putting together credit and non-credit options, but don’t let that delay you! Visual Ranking is a great place to begin. The tools have possibilities beyond the classroom too.
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