How to Integrate Technology When technology integration in the classroom is seamless and thoughtful, students not only become more engaged, they begin to take more control over their own learning, too. Effective tech integration changes classroom dynamics, encouraging student-centered project-based learning. Think about how you are using technology with your students. Are they employing technology daily in the classroom, using a variety of tools to complete assignments and create projects that show a deep understanding of content? If your answer is "No," is it because you lack enough access to technology? This article contains the following sections: Handhelds Go to Class: Teacher Josh Barron and one of his students go through the strange-looking rite of "beaming" information to each other. Getting Started The first step in successful tech integration is recognizing the change that may need to happen inside of yourself and in your approach to teaching. Back to Top Integrating Technology Across the Access Spectrum
Teacher Guides These guides come in very handy for every teacher looking to better integrate technology into his/her teaching. They are very simple,developed in a step by step process, illustrated by pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and concluded with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion. Needless to mention the pedagogical implications we include in the review of the web tools we feature in our guides. @import url( Custom Search Educators Technology See On About Us Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is operated by a team of dedicated teachers located in Canada. Google+ Followers Subscribe To Posts All Comments Copyright © 2011-2014.Please feel free to reuse or share content under a Creative Commons Attribution license unless otherwise noted.
The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning Minecraft, the popular sandbox game, is beloved by educators for its use as a learning tool. It enables students to explore, create and imagine in a completely different way than they could ever do in a traditional classroom. The beauty of the game is in the way it unleashes the creativity of both students and teachers. But for Minecraft novices like me, it's hard to know exactly where to begin unleashing all that creativity. If you're just getting started with Minecraft, it might be helpful to use the game in an activity of your own design. That way, you familiarize yourself with the powerful tools for educators available in MinecraftEdu by building a virtual world for the class to explore before you jump into to using the game as a creative tool for your students. This semester, I used Minecraft for the first time in my ninth grade science class at Quest to Learn. Step 1: Define the Learning Goals Step 2: Create the Mechanics and Build the Virtual World Step 3: Focus the Exploration
Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom Kristin: I can say that the things I've been doing the last two years have really made a difference, because my kids have scored the highest in the State on the standardized tests. So what we're doing here is working, and it's helping them be successful. Julie: We define Blended Learning as the combination of digital content and activity with face-to-face content and activity. Kristin: What I have online could be completely different than what the biology teacher has online, or what the physical education teacher has online. Mickey: Okay, go ahead get the laptops. There are three activities. Okay, slide to the apps, and open up Educreations, because we're going to fill in this chart, because this is going to get us practicing base pairing between DNA and RNA and reading our photon chart. Student: C. Mickey: C. Shelton: I've like probably learned more today just by doing this than I have the whole week that we've been doing this. Luis: The podcast like helps so much. Class: Yay!
Teachers and Tech Use: It's Time! I see technology differentiation as vital to the education of our students. It's like there are different tiers of possibility. Tier I: There is one tool adopted by a single district or school that all students will see wherever they go. (Not my favorite model. It's very creatively stifling and doesn't differentiate between teachers.) Tier II: Different classrooms in a given school have different tech tools based on teacher preference; therefore, depending on which classroom a student enters, different tools are being employed. Tier III: There are a variety of tools available in each classroom. In my opinion, I believe Tier III is ideal. See, I'm a big believer in choice. So I believe that whenever possible, our classrooms should offer choices to students, choices of what to produce, how to produce it, with whom to produce it with, and with what tool to use. However, there are some teachers who still don't use technology at all. Rationale for The Reluctant It's Required.
Kit Review - Windows 8 for Dummies eLearning Kit, by Faithe Wempen Recently I wrote a review of the Windows 8 for Dummies online course, which I liked a lot. That’s not the only Windows 8 course available from the For Dummies crew, which is good news for people who don’t want to learn through online videos alone. This week I took a look at Windows 8 for Dummies eLearning Kit, which contains a book, a CD, and, as a special bonus, six months free access to the Windows 8 for Dummies online e-learning course (which is not the same as the one I recently reviewed). I was interested to see how this course’s approach differed from the previous wholly online course (besides the fact that one comes with a book and one doesn’t). Here’s what I found. The book: In living color The first thing you’ll notice is that this is one of the new For Dummies books, printed on heavier paper and in full color. Each chapter begins with a list of interesting questions to draw the reader in, with the page numbers where the answers can be found. The CD: They talk, you watch
Technology Integration: What Experts Say | Edutopia James Paul Gee, Arizona State University Mary Beth Hertz, Elementary Computer Teacher Donald G. Knezek, ISTE Angela Maiers, Educational Tech Consultant Andrew Marcinek, Instructional Technologist Marc Prensky, Educational Technology Author Will Richardson, Powerful Learning Practice Robert Simpson, Tech Director, Ferryway School Kappy Cannon Steck, Forest Lake Elementary Organizations and Resources that Support and Promote Technology Integration James Paul Gee James Paul Gee is a Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, and faculty affiliate of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. "One of the reasons people are interested in video games and related technologies is because they put you into worlds where you have to solve problems. "How are we really going to reform schools when the people going into teaching are not really digitally savvy -- even when they’re young -- not as savvy as the kids? Back to Top Mary Beth Hertz Donald G.
Perspectives on Thinking, Learning, and Cognitive Styles The Digital Lives of Teens: "If You Don't Have a Plan for Them, They Will Have a Plan for You" In a recent episode of the new HBO series, Silicon Valley, which tells the story of the trials and tribulations of a young startup company called Pied Piper, we see a scene that captures the challenges faced by non-techies in a land of techies. At a tech conference geared to pitching new ideas, the Pied Piper team mans a booth and prepares for its six-minute pitch. The hardworking, earnest Jared eagerly and enthusiastically shows up at the team's booth with an inch think pile of printouts. He tells the team that he has researched all of the companies attending the conference and gathered photos of every conference participant in an effort to help the team with networking. Jared eyes a participant a few feet away and frantically starts searching through his printouts to find out who the person is. Behind the Curve This scene captures the tension that schools and teachers face with technology adoption. There is no truer statement when it comes to deploying technology in schools. 1. 2. 3.
Wrong Focus: Teacher-Centered Classrooms and Technology There is a buzz around me these days about how EdTech is failing to live up to its promise fueled primarily by the In Classrooms of Future, Stagnant Scores. What is surprising to most when they share this piece with me or ask me my opinion about the failures of EdTech is my response. For the most part, I agree that it is failing but that failure has more to do with us than with the technology. Why? We continue to focus on the value of EdTech by what the teachers do with it NOT what the students do with it.We continue to focus on the value of EdTech by what happens to high stakes, standardized test scores. Teacher-Centered Classrooms/Technology When the focus of technology is on the teacher and teaching not learners and learning, it is easy to see EdTech as a failure: a waste of time, money, and resources. Is it any wonder we find ourselves unable to fulfill the promise we’ve preached about EdTech? Look at the front of the classroom from the students’ perspective. Now flip it. Paper. Really?
Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page for Your School There are a number of reasons that educators use social media. Most often, we talk about its potential impact on student engagement and learning, educator professional growth and family communications. We speak less frequently about another important use: Marketing and public relations. Historically, most public schools haven't actively marketed themselves -- and they haven't needed to. "Public education has been taking a beating in the press and in popular culture for some time now. One place where schools and districts can take charge of their image is Facebook. For the Beginner Setting up a school Facebook page is relatively simple (this video from Pasco County Schools gives step-by-step instructions). But before diving in, review your district's social media policy (if applicable) to make sure you act appropriately. Also consider questions such as: Are you going to post pictures of students? Content Ideas: Low-Hanging Fruit You also have to decide what content to feature. Going Deeper