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
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!
Online Learning in the Traditional Classroom Staying put in your brick-and-mortar classroom? Here are resources to help you infuse some virtual education within those four walls. Guide on the Side: Administrators with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy have found it makes a big difference to have a real-live coach, like Centerpoint Alternative High School's Lorrie Houston, keep students on track when they take online courses in school. Credit: Grace Rubenstein Virtual schools might seem like a foreign land from your three-dimensional classroom. Free Online Lessons A little village of providers of free online lessons is sprouting up. Khan Academy is a growing library of 1,200-plus videos created by Salman Khan -- who holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science and an MBA from Harvard Business School -- from his California home. Connexions is an open-source content library created in 1999 by Rice University engineering professor Richard Baraniuk. Collaborative Online Projects GoNorth! Back to Top
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.
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 Don’t Use a 2.0 Technology in a 1.0 Way cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by jurvetson “And that’s the grand dilemma of social networking: it’s intended to allow participation, to let companies and individuals all engage and interact, but all too many are one way channels, broadcast media where responses or engagement is ignored completely.” — Dave Taylor Many organizations or schools are starting to get on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon and seeing the importance of having a presence on the largest social networks. Yet, there is much more to Twitter than having an account, and unless you are Justin Bieber, you have to change your mindset to make meaningful use of social media. The old-school philosophy of communication lent itself to making a fancy website so that you had a nice Web presence. As we have progressed, not only in our use of technology but also our understanding of effective leadership, we know that communication includes effective talking but, more importantly, listening.
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.
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
A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future Over the next generation, whether they work for corporations, small businesses, government organizations, nonprofits, or other organizations, many U.S. employees will move from working primarily with American colleagues, bosses, and customers for American organizations in U.S. cities, to being part of global teams. As leaders, they will use technology to bridge geographic divides, build organizations that transcend borders, and work together with colleagues from around the world on issues such as climate change, food security, and population growth -- issues that require multinational teams coming together to effect change. For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a lot less like them, and have fewer shared histories than American colleagues, customers, and neighbors have shared in the past. 1. 2. 3. 4. In addition, here's a great Education World blog post on learning world geography.