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New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics. Education Technology Tools for Teachers. Massive Open Online Courses make it possible for students of all ages to access high-quality coursework at no cost. Colleges and universities across the country publish video lectures, podcasts, reading lists, practice exams and more for anyone who wants to learn about a particular subject and/or experience what it’s like to take a college class. Over the last decade, organizations such as Coursera and Khan Academy have taken MOOCs one step further by creating or aggregating thousands of free courses in areas ranging from early American history and civics to trigonometry and multivariable calculus.

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created by educator Salman Khan in 2006. Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School wanted to provide a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Students and teachers have access to a personalized learning dashboard which allows them to connect to thousands of educational resources. Algebra (University of California, Irvine) Using Technology to Enhance Teaching & Learning - SMU. Technology provides numerous tools that teachers can use in and out of the classroom to enhance student learning. This page provides an introduction to some of the most common. Faculty members should consult SMU's office of Academic Technology Services, which provides many kinds of support, including hands-on training in using classroom technology. (Click here for classroom-specific information about the setup in many campus buildings).

SMU's STAR (Student Technology Assistant in Residence) Program is also available to help with short-term instructional technology projects. There are also numerous on-line resources about using technology to enhance teaching in a number of different ways. Below are links to resources on using specific types of teaching and learning tools. Blackboard SMU uses the course management system Blackboard. Presentation Software Sometimes it's helpful to provide visual aids to complement teaching, stimulate discussion, or allow out-of-class teaching. Podcasts Games. Teaching with Technology -- Simon Hooper & Lloyd Rieber. Here is the original citation for this publication: Hooper, S., & Rieber, L.

P. (1995). Teaching with technology. In A. Simon Hooper College of Education University of Minnesota and Lloyd P. Classroom teaching is a demanding job. It is easy to understand how a teacher might become frustrated and disillusioned. It is important to note that the focus in this chapter is on educational technology as compared to technology in education. There are four purposes to this chapter. A Model of Technology Adoption in the Classroom Educational technology is often considered, erroneously, as synonymous with instructional innovation. Although education has witnessed a multitude of both technology and innovation over the past 50 years (Reiser, 1987), the educational system has scarcely changed during that time. There have been many attempts to understand patterns of adoption in education (Dalton, 1989; Dwyer, Ringstaff, & Sandholtz, 1991).

Figure 1. Familiarization Utilization Integration Reorientation 1. 2. 10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal. Research | Spotlight 10 Major Technology Trends in Education We have a first look at the results from the latest Speak Up survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members about technology trends in education. By Chris Riedel02/03/14 According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow, which CEO Julie Evans revealed at the FETC 2014 conference last week.

The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. 1. According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. 2. For Evans, this was an interesting set of statistics showing the ways students generally connect to the Internet when at home. 3. Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity. Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.

Technology also has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teaching. This model links teachers to their students and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning. The links on this page are provided for users convenience and are not an endorsement. See full disclaimer.

Full-time online schools: The following online or virtual schools enroll students on a full-time basis. State operated District operated. 10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (with Dozens of Resources and Tools) Are you looking for ways to integration technology in your lesson plans and courses that provide for an engaging experience for you and your students? Fans of instructional technology know that it can be fun and inviting, and engaged students are far more likely to be learning. I believe that if you can get students involved and motivated effectively enough, you can improve their learning habits over the long term. With that in mind, here are 10 highly engaging uses of technology in the classroom, along with dozens of tools and resources for implementation. Most of these involve free web based tools, so that's an added bonus! Interactive Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”.

Gathering Feedback Embedding Questions in Videos Today’s students consume video like drinking water. Active Learning. What Is Successful Technology Integration? Defining Technology Integration Before we can discuss how to shift our pedagogy or the role of the teacher in a classroom that is integrating technology, it is important to first define what "technology integration" actually means. Seamless integration is when students are not only using technology daily, but have access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand and provide them the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of content. But how we define technology integration can also depend on the kinds of technology available, how much access one has to technology, and who is using the technology.

For instance, in a classroom with only an interactive whiteboard and one computer, learning is likely to remain teacher-centric, and integration will revolve around teacher needs, not necessarily student needs. Willingness to embrace change is also a major requirement for successful technology integration. Types of Technology Integration Online Learning and Blended Classrooms.

12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers. Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you're busy -- meeting standards, prepping students for tests -- and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway.

Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. Do you have a iPad in your classroom for your use? How about iPads for students to use? Could you get a classroom iPad? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? What are school policies on student use of the Internet? What do you have to do to get Ipads for your students? Also try to find a technology “mentor” on campus – the computer teacher or just another teacher who uses technology more than you do.

Perfect Ed Tech Activities for Beginners Do a PowerPoint “Game Show Review” Many tech-savvy teachers have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create review games based on famous game shows, including “Jeopardy! Have students complete a written classroom activity as if it was online. Want students to summarize information? Using Technology In The Classroom. Technology has always been a major focus on EducationWorld.com. This archive compiles many of the features we have done on the subject of using technology in the classroom. Many of these articles have been updated many times or even rewritten as technology changes.

That said, due to the ever-changing nature of technology, there will be articles on this list that are a little past their prime period of usefullness. If there are any that you would like us to update or redo, please drop us a line. Social Networking Tips for Teachers Social networking in the classroom? Teaching? Fifth Graders Soar in the Blogosphere Across the curriculum, Gillian Ryan asks her fifth graders to respond in writing to the topics they discuss -- whether in math, science, social studies, or language arts -- and their ideas become posts to classroom blogs.

Podcasts Promote Reading Librarian Malissia Bell has challenged students to create 500 podcasts describing their favorite books. Who Is They? Blogging? Quick!