You may wonder why computers should be integrated into your teaching practices. After all, you have done very well without them for all these years, so why the need to change? Perhaps you already use them on a basic level, you just haven’t fully embraced all of the functions that computers can do. Computers will allow you to work more efficiently, use a greater number of up-to-date resources and will add creativity to your lessons. Computer usage will benefit both teachers and students in a variety of ways. A little effort to learn how to make the most of computer usage will reap major rewards in the short and long term future.
The following websites may help teachers use computers effectively as teaching tools.
• Ontario Ministry of Education – curriculum documents: Use this site to find Ministry expectations for both elementary and secondary grades. Search by grade or by subject.
• Edselect – A Canadian resource guide for students and teachers. Access to a variety of resources including flags, maps, conversions / calculators, online books and magazines. You can also search by theme with links to teacher resources and lesson plans.
• ReadWriteThink.org - This site offers free access to materials that will enrich your classroom instruction. Materials that can be found a include but are not limited to: lesson plans, graphic organizers, book lists, and printable and online student activities. A searchable database can help you to find exactly what you are looking for.
• Ontario Ministry of Education – E-learning Ontario. Information for teachers about computer usage as a teaching tool. This site includes general information, such as the roles and responsibilities of teachers using e-teaching strategies; an educational resource bank with step-by-step demonstrations on how to use the computer (e.g. how to search for resources); and printable lists of online courses for teachers to access.
• The Canadian Teacher – Teacher tools that you can create, print and use. All free of charge. Includes lesson plans, forms, letters and reproducible materials such as worksheets. Teachers can share resources with other teachers.
• Use professional websites of places such as the Ontario Science Centre and the ROM. These have teacher resources and online activities available.
• Create free crossword puzzles easily and quickly. An excellent resource for teachers.
• Statistics Canada – Access up-to-date Canadian statistics, maps, and articles in the Daily. Easy to use, you can even search by topic.