5 All Too Common Ways Edtech Implementations Fail. On the surface, adopting technology to support teacher needs or student challenges isn’t terribly complex: define the problem you’re trying to solve, identify the right tools for the job, and implement the tools effectively and with fidelity.
In practice, these areas are fraught with challenges. End users are too often removed from the decision-making process during procurement. Educators argue that too many products don’t actually meet the needs of teachers or students. Still others worry that it is too easy to implement new and popular technology without considering whether it is research-based and effective. The challenge of implementing technology well isn’t lost on parents, either: Only 33 percent of parents surveyed by the Learning Assembly said their child’s school did an excellent job using technology to tailor instruction. These parents aren’t unsupportive of education technology.
So why do these efforts fall short? Understanding Purpose Insufficient Modeling of Best Practices. Learning With Technology – George Couros – Medium. Does this happen in your school or district?
One teacher prefers google sites. Another blogger. A different teacher prefers Edublogs. One teacher started their students on seesaw. 5 Radically Different Approaches to Technology in Schools. Not long ago, I was checking email when a Google doc notification popped up.
It was from my son Will, who was then in second grade. The document he was sharing was a school project about the ancient Romans. I had no idea my 7-year-old knew how to research bygone civilizations, let alone use and share a Google doc. He quickly realized I was impressed and followed up with a Google presentation on “Reasons to Adopt a Family Dog.” As someone who works in the technology industry, it’s thrilling to see how tech is making its way into schools and changing the way our kids interact. My current hometown, San Francisco, is especially progressive when it comes to integrating technology in elementary schools, leveraging it to track and communicate academic progress, promote collaboration between students, customize curriculum, and even to close learning gaps. Utopia, pedagogy, and G-Suite for Education. This week, I’ve been over in Jersey helping a school with their educational technology.
In particular, I’ve been doing some training on G-Suite for Education (as Google now call what used to be ‘Google Apps’). The main focus has been Google Classroom but, as this is basically a front-end for the rest of G-Suite, we spilled out into other areas. A bit of history. 5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices. The Invisible iPad — It’s Not About The Device. The Invisible iPad — It’s Not About The Device.
In 2012, while attending my first ISTE conference, I was both overwhelmed and inspired by the literary thousands of ways that technology could be used in the classroom. Sessions like “60 Apps in 60 minutes” and “100 Apps for the English Classroom” seemed to be staple session titles. These sessions seemed like standard protocol and “best practice” when looking at technology’s role in the classroom. Our aim is to use as much technology as possible, but not the same app twice. I have always had technology in my life, from America Online, to building my own computers, to early 90's video conferencing.
Cool Tools Are Fun, But Learning Should Come First. The Digital Ordinary — Modern Learning. As much as I agree with my friend Chris Lehmann that “technology should be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible,” we’re still a ways off from all of that.
But if I forced you to choose the one of those three adjectives that we’re struggling with the most in schools, which would you select? I think I might go with “necessary.” Seriously, how much of our practice in classrooms to we absolutely need technology to accomplish? Looking stuff up on the Google has pretty much replaced traditional research, no doubt. But beyond that? Are Apps the New Textbook? 7 Reasons Apps Should Have Already Replaced Textbooks In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Over the last couple of years, the news that both Apple and Amazon were entering or otherwise updating their participation in the textbook market is both underwhelming (we really should be way past seeing next textbook forms as innovation) and important (there’s a bigger picture, as always).
That teachers can now create personalized and interactive textbooks is interesting if you’re merging old ed-thinking with modern tech-thinking. Textbooks have long been used as centralized information stores, allowing users to all be on the same page (literally), with the same content, and take the same tests. And through technology, the burden of doing so isn’t entirely incumbent on the shoulders of the overworked classroom teacher, but rather available through the busy, tireless digital hands of technology. The False Promise of Tech in Schools. Daniel Willingham’s recent opinion piece in the New York Daily News in which he declared that, “it’s time to admit we don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to educational technology” got me thinking.
Willingham makes some initial, balanced observations about school districts where the mass purchase of iPads and eBooks were, in some instances, little more than an extravagant waste of money. Investment without a plan is usually destined to fail. Grand gesture without substance is rarely more than that. However, critics of contemporary realities are often exposed by the limitations of their own, narrow arguments. The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom. Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter.
My challenge to you - 8 things all teachers should learn about #edtech. EdTech Published on March 27th, 2016 | by Mark Anderson I love the School Report scheme that the BBC run via Newsround.
We all remember the Newsrounds of our youth. 3 Types of EdTech Baggage: Toolsets, Mindsets, Skillsets — Solidarity for Slackers. Anyone with a background in technology integration will, of course, be familiar with the diffusion of innovation curve. This is a method to explain the way that different groups of people will react to new technologies. It’s useful, but tends to be used in a very two-dimensional way — as if people will always react in the same way to something new placed in front of them.
In particular, I think using the diffusion of innovation curve in a simplistic way can leave out that the adoption and use of technologies has an affect on the way we see ourselves, on our agency, and (ultimately) our identity. So, in this post, I want to challenge the assumption that those resisting the adoption of a particular technology are neo-Luddites. I’m basing this on my experience in schools, universities, and now as an independent consultant working with all kinds of organisations.
Toolsets Marshall McLuhan is famously quoted as saying, “we shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” You just might be a learning experience architect. You just might be a learning experience architect. This post is re-posted from our LX Design blog at www.lxdesign.co. DM from my friend Keith: Hey I’m looking for some input. Got a minute? I’ve been asked to take on a role that combines staff capability building in edtech with “exploring innovation”, whatever they mean by that. Specifically we are looking at new tech, tools, platforms and workflows for students and teachers.
If Engagement is the Problem, Technology is Not the Answer — Modern Learning. “Technology is not the starting point for changing culture in the classroom.” I have a standing search in Google News that lets me know when there are ever any new stories in the world that contain the following three words: “school,” “technology,” and “learning.” It’s not that I don’t have enough to do already without scanning the usual 15 or 20 articles that crop up on a daily basis from all over the place. Is it amazing? Is it amazing? Poolside this morning, I had a conversation with my wife regarding the screen time of students and technology use in schools.
This conversation took me back to 2008/9 when I first met Chris Betcher at a PD ran by Apple for its Apple Distinguished Educators. Is Google teaching us anything? In his book The Shallows, Nicholas Carr suggests that the internet is making us dumber. Carr finds that the vast amount of hyperlinked information available on the internet means that depth of knowledge has given way to shallowness. Casually disregarding the internet’s arguably most significant feature, Carr asserts “people who read linear text comprehend more, remember more, and learn more than those who read text peppered with links”. With open arms comes hard work. Being Between Paradigms Has Caused the Rise of the Edu Walking Dead! Many teachers would be aware of Sir Ken Robinson’s discussions about various educational paradigms. The Overselling of Ed Tech. Open Educational Resources Are About Much More Than Saving Money. How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom.
The flood of edtech tools that teachers are presented with has been staggering over the last several years, and continues to be this way. A quick glance on Twitter or any edtech conference program shows this. The Case For Chromebooks – Betchablog. I was asked via email recently about Chromebooks and whether I thought they were a good choice for schools. The Classroom Will Look Exactly the Same — Bright. The Classroom Will Look Exactly the Same. Learning comes first. How to become a teacher who innovates. Have you ever thought, “I’m not one of those innovative, creative teachers?” Innovation is a skill.
Build it like a muscle. Here are some ideas. (Sketch by Matt Miller) Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m just not one of those innovative teachers. What Can Tech Coaches Learn From the Marketing Masters? These 6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor. BYOD in the Secondary Classroom: Necessary or Nice? The Four ‘P’s of ‘EdTech’ — EdTech and Entrepreneurship. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote. Why I’m Done With SAMR. 20 Free Tools for Teachers: Videos, Guides, and Printables! No Slacking Off! How Savvy Teachers Are Turning to Trello and Slack. The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q1, 2015.
9 Steps For Schools To Create Their Own BYOD Policy. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far. 6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom. Students with laptops did better in HSC science. 7 Tools for Adding Questions and Notes to Videos. Smart Strategies for Using Video in the Classroom. Did someone say … SAMR? Adaptive learning software is replacing textbooks and upending American education. Should we welcome it?
Technology, Data and the Untold Stories of Learning. Doing Better By Our Kids: Making Classroom Technology Count. Quill.org — Interactive Writing and Grammar. Innovation: What Does it Really Mean in Schools? — The Synapse. It's not the kids, it's the adults - working with technology in the classroom.