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Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development. This approach requires those who provide professional development for teachers to listen to their needs, and to know the school and staff they are either visiting or presenting to. This includes situations when staff present to their colleagues.
According to author Adam Bellow , The Tech Commandments are a reaction to what he has seen and experienced in schools over his several years as a technology training specialist. We got connected with Adam through Twitter , and he graciously gave us permission to share a condensed version of these commandments with our readers. Training is Essential Providing training to staff is almost more important than the technology itself. If a school spends its entire technology budget to buy “stuff,” but nothing on teaching and supporting the use of the “stuff,” it is a huge waste. Training and support should be a top priority. Money Isn’t What Makes Educational Technology Work Buying an expensive camera doesn’t make you a good photographer.
Josephine mentions in her recent post how exciting it was to see what someone was doing in mathematics and that it involved Sketchpad . I also was inspired by someone who stopped by our booth at NCTM Albuquerque after having seen a presentation on fractals from the Fractal Fo undation .
Conferences have come a long way in the last few years. As a presenter or as an organizer, here are some useful tools and tips to help you get the most out of your sessions. Conferences have come a long way in the last few years.
I was asked recently about my own top ten Mathematics websites, this request and remembering Edna Sackson’s comments on her ’10 Ways…’ series reminded me of the various ‘Top (insert number here) Mathematics Websites’ posts I have read; all of them have left me with the thought that so many excellent sites are missing from such lists. Really such posts (including this one) should be titled ‘My Top 10….’ as they understandably include the author’s favourites. For my own list I have decided to include some categories as well as individual sites which gives me the excuse to mention far more than 10! Note that every site mentioned here is free to use. So in no particular order:
In my privious blog I wrote an explanation about the TPACK model and what it includes. In this one I continue on this and discribe why we need a TPACK-model, what the added vallue of TPACK can be and how the TPACK-model can be used. This in relation with everything I have learned so far in the course "Pedagogies for Flexible Learning Supported by Technology" within my mastertrack. The TPACK-model, why? Why do we need this model? First, to explain why this model is useful and important I have to mention that this model is based on a previous model, the Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), discribed by Shulman (1986).
To start off the new year, each day this week I'll be posting a list of eleven resources to try in a particular content area. Today's list is for mathematics teachers, tomorrow's list will be for science teachers. Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions.