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What Is Successful Technology Integration? Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparent Accessible and readily available for the task at hand Supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool -- it is second nature. And students are often more actively engaged in projects when technology tools are a seamless part of the learning process.

Defining Technology Integration Willingness to embrace change is also a major requirement for successful technology integration. Types of Technology Integration Online Learning and Blended Classrooms. 10 Must Have Tools for BYOD Classroom. November 10, 2015 With the advance of technology and mobile gadgetry there emerged a wide variety of learning trends endemic to 21st century classroom environment. One of these trends is what is conventionally referred to as BYOD/T (Bring Your Own Device/Technology). In a BYOD classroom, students bring their own technology (e.g hand-held devices, laptops..etc) and use them for various learning activities. The pedagogical strength of BYOD is that it is an effective way to personalize learning and allow students easy and quick access to the technology they need to explore and learn collaboratively in a student-centerer environment. There are now several web tools and mobile apps that support BYOD learning.

The collection below features 10 popular recommendations in this regard. 1- Google Classroom “Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. A Must Have Bibliography and Citation Maker for Student Researchers. November 11, 2015 Writinghouse is an excellent free bibliography and citation maker. It allows you to automatically generate citations in various referencing styles including: MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard. We have been experimenting with it for awhile and found it really worth the shout-out here.

Besides the citation and bibliography features, Writinghouse also offers other interesting tools to help students with their writing process. For instance, the Word Counter is a great way to keep track of the number of words you have written in an essay. There is also a section in this website featuring some good resources to help you learn more about the concept of bibliography and how to create one using different styles.

Once your bibliography is compiled you can then download a copy to keep with you. Connected Educators | Helping Educators Thrive in a Connected World. Games for Learning. I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create. . . educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game. President Obama Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the proven power of digital games for learning and is committed to fostering the broader adoption of high quality games in schools and informal learning settings.

Regional Game Jams Austin Education Game Jam To build on the momentum created by the White House Education Game Jam, the Office of Educational Technology is partnering with games industry leaders and education stakeholders to hold regional Education Game Jams. A mathematical platformer full of action, adventure, and... education? Building Dialogue Games for Learning Summit Watch the Games for Learning Summit!

Game Jam Prototypes. Making Lectures More Interactive -- Campus Technology. Teaching and Learning Making Lectures More Interactive An app called SKIES transforms a traditional lecture into a shared learning experience. SKIES works as a sort of shared bulletin board, in which instructors and students post class materials that are linked together in a "class tree. " In his nearly two decades of teaching biology at the California Institute of Technology, one of the challenges that Bruce Hay has struggled with over the years is how to encourage student participation during lectures.

"If you don't have participation, then you're not getting any feedback on what students are learning," he said. "It's just an hour and a half monologue without really knowing that you're getting through to anyone, or more importantly, where you're not getting through. " Recently, Hay discovered a solution to the problem: a free app for iPhones and iPads developed by two Caltech alumni. "It makes the class more interactive," he said. Collaborative Learning Instructor and Student Benefits. 6 tips for innovative teaching in a digital age.

Veteran educator Ann McMullan offers her best advice for innovative teaching that all educators can try Ed. note: In partnership with Lesson Planet, we asked their professional development resource arm, PD Learning Network, for the most popular videos on their site. We’ll be featuring a limited number of these, one a week, each Monday. Learning to change your teaching practice in today’s digital-first world is a bit like learning a foreign language, to hear ed-tech vet Ann McMullan tell it. “You don’t speak it fluently on the first day. But you pick up one word, two words, three words, and the more you engage and the more you use it, the more natural it begins to feel.”

McMullan, who is the former executive director of educational technology at Klein ISD in Texas, was responsible for rolling out that district’s massive one-to-one program several years ago. Now an ed-tech consultant, in this video McMullan offers her best tips for innovative teaching in a changing world. Empower yourself. Ed Tech Resources.