I found this neat Bloom's Taxonomy technology pyramid. Each website is listed in the category that corresponds with the skills that students use while using the site. For example, Create a Graph is listed under Analyzing. My students graph their science lab data. First they have to decide the best type of graph to use (bar, pie, line, or coordinate). Then they input the data and analyze their findings. (A student's written response to a temperature graph was, "My line graph shows that the temperature increased over time. I think this is because the air temperature was warming up because the sun was not blocked by the clouds anymore."
electricity lesson and an "elder" residency where community members met with children in specific grade levels to give them insight into what life was like when they were younger, I decided to have students complete a simple research project in which they and their partner would create a timeline showing an electrical product's development overtime. One pair chose to research a toaster oven. They found that people toasted bread using a hearth toaster, a simple metal holder for bread slices to be held over a fire. They traced all the way up to the present where we have decorative toasters that burn images into bread.
Promethean Board to see what newer versions existed (The kids said we were lucky compared to people who wrote in the sand with sticks, or rubbed stone on stone, or even their classroom teachers who have chalkboards and white boards. I was jealous to find that newer boards allow two people to write with different colored pens at the same time and a touch screen version exists) and checking out phones from telegraph to the iPhone. It was a great experience, and even I learned something!
If you're reading this blog, then you are probably already pretty tech-savvy. Either way, here are some links to send you in the right direction to getting your students to meet the standards for 21st century skills.
http://web2011.discoveryeducation.com/ (tech tools and trends, all free!)
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/edles.html#infuse (easy ways to infuse technology into your classroom)