This session is an example of an introduction to technology integration for teachers new to our school system. Research tells us that the new breed of teacher (digital natives) are coming to us knowing how to use software applications and peripheral tools (MP-3 players) for personal productivity and recreation but do not know how to integrate the technology into daily instruction. Many use it for their own productivity or to deliver instruction but not to immerse the students in it or facilitate student learning activities.  

 The project was born out of a request for Information Technology to provide “edutainment” during a new teacher orientation lunch and hatched on an airplane bound for ISTE 2006 in San Diego. It grew from a way to engage teachers while introducing them to the technology team and technology integration to a complete middle school thematic unit. Join us and get clued in to a great way to engage your students.

Crime scene television shows have sparked interest across generations in technology and science. They capture and hold the imagination and interest of our students. These days, detectives use a vast array of tools to solve crimes. During this presentation, participants will don their detective hats and delve into the world of criminal investigation and collect, analyze, and process evidence to solve a simulated crime. This problem-based learning activity revolves around a simulated crime and engages participants in collaborative learning, deductive reasoning, mathematics activities and science forensics labs. While applying the scientific inquiry process, participants collect clues, test and analyze evidence, and draw conclusions to solve the crime.

The workshop will provide you with two distinct and valuable projects: (1) the lesson we will complete as a group – a 30-45 minute lesson/activity that can be used with groups of teachers to introduce the concept of technology integration and crime scene investigation as a means to drive higher order thinking, and (2) complete documentation for a thematic unit for middle school students that incorporates math, science, and technology. We had originally planned to include social studies and language arts. However, we decided to refine the crime during our pilot year. Thus, I have ideas to share with you for language arts and social studies but not completed lesson plans.

Timeline for ISTE presentation:

Introduction (video) – 5 minutes
Break into Groups, frame the problem & give the charge – 5 minutes
Perform the investigation and solve for the perpetrator – 13 minutes
Closure and groups report in – 7 minutes
Follow-Up (what just took place and why) – 10 minutes
Present thematic unit for students – 10 minutes
Q & A – 5 minutes

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Additional materials not found on other pages within the blog:

Overview of the Middle School CSI Unit — PowerPoint

Incident Report for the MS CSI Unit — This is a Word document linked to in the PowerPoint file above. 

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