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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.

What Is Successful Technology Integration?

Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparentAccessible and readily available for the task at handSupporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals. 3 Tips on Integrating Technology in the Classroom. Integrating technology into a high school classroom isn't a one-step process.

3 Tips on Integrating Technology in the Classroom

"You can't just slap a netbook [computer] on top of a textbook and say, 'Great, now we have technology," says Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy organization. Wise says that digital learning starts with teachers, whose performance is enhanced by technology—not the other way around.

That's also the idea of Digital Learning Day, which the Alliance is spearheading. The first annual Digital Learning Day falls on February 1 and will celebrate innovative K-12 instructors who successfully bring technology into the classroom by assigning online course content, using adaptive software for students with special needs, and utilizing online student assessments and other digital tools. [Learn how a new iPad app is revolutionizing textbooks.] 1. 2. [Experts give parents tech tips on embracing digital education.] 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.

10 Must Have Tools for BYOD Classroom

A Must Have Bibliography and Citation Maker for Student Researchers. November 11, 2015 Writinghouse is an excellent free bibliography and citation maker.

A Must Have Bibliography and Citation Maker for Student Researchers

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. 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.

Games for Learning

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.

Making Lectures More Interactive. Teaching and Learning Making Lectures More Interactive An app called SKIES transforms a traditional lecture into a shared learning experience.

Making Lectures More Interactive

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. Recently, Hay discovered a solution to the problem: a free app for iPhones and iPads developed by two Caltech alumni. "Students learn best not when they are passive recipients of content, but when they are actively involved in their own learning," Su said. "It makes the class more interactive," he said. 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.

6 tips for innovative teaching in a digital age

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. Experiences will differ. Engagement can make a big difference. Embrace the changing role of the teacher. Empower yourself. Ed Tech Resources.