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? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? 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. Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person? Want students to summarize information? Try a Webquest
Classroom Technology Resource Guide | Five9 Technology has grown over the past decade in ways that many people could not begin to picture. It has become such an integral part of home and business life that teachers need to begin to implement technology in their classrooms in order to help students be prepared for the changing job market. Technology can be used to allow students to move forward at their own pace and can help make the material more accessible to all students. The types of technology used will vary depending on the age of the students and the subject matter being taught. Preschool TEC Center: This website is dedicated to giving early childhood educators resources and ideas to use technology effectively in the classroom. Elementary School Elementary Teachers' Use of Technology: This is an in-depth study of teachers using technology in elementary schools. Middle School High School Higher Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals Today's students need educators to re-envision the role of technology in the classroom. by Nancye Blair Principal, January/February 2012 Web Resources A dramatic shift is sweeping through our schools. The signs are all around us. Third graders texting on their cell phones. Kindergarteners who can navigate an iPod Touch better than we can. These are not the same 21st century learners we came to know over the first decade of the new millennium. These new 21st century learners are highly relational and demand quick access to new knowledge. Technology integration Remixed The new 21st century learners must master more than the core curriculum to succeed in secondary and postsecondary institutions, as well as in the workplace. As students develop the four C’s, we have discovered that effective application of these vital skills in a technology-infused life and workplace requires acquiring them in a technology-infused learning environment. This is a liberating shift. Discovery and Exploration.
Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many VIDEO: An Introduction to Technology Integration Running Time: 5 min. Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities, our homes. Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Many people believe that technology-enabled project learning is the ne plus ultra of classroom instruction. The myriad resources of the online world also provide each classroom with more interesting, diverse, and current learning materials. New tech tools for visualizing and modeling, especially in the sciences, offer students ways to experiment and observe phenomenon and to view results in graphic ways that aid in understanding. Technology also changes the way teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means.
50 Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools 1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. www.spellingcity.com 2. www.brainpop.com 3. www.dovewhisper.com 4. www.flashcardexchange.com 5. people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/ppt_games.html 6. www.clustrmap.com 7. www.ustream.tv 8. www.fanfiction.net 9. www.ccmixter.org 10. www.toolsforeducators.com 11. www.animoto.com/education Share your ideas for integration on Animoto. 12. www.makebeliefscomix.com 13. www.wordle.net 14. www.surveymonkey.com 15. www.readwritethink.org/materials/timeline 16. www.kerpoof.com 17. classtools.net 18. www.buildyourwildself.com 19. www.freerice.com 20. www.fluxtime.com Using Free Websites for Management 21. www.myavatareditor.com 22. www.dropbox.com 23. www.evernote.com 24. www.superteachertools.com 25. www.sharinglinks.com 26. www.bighugelabs.com 27. rubistar.4teachers.org 28. fur.ly 29. www.jingproject.com 30. www.mystudiyo.com 31. www.kidblog.com 32. 33.
Technology in the Classroom | Technology Integration Ideas that Work Technology has become integrated in the classroom in so many ways, that we often don't even think about how we are using it. The Education World Tech Team offers lessons and activities to help educators make better use of technology tools for instruction, and to help students improve their technology skills within the context of the regular curriculum. Included: Integration activities that utilize the Web, PowerPoint, Excel, digital photography, SMART Boards, and more. In more and more schools today, technology is recognized as an instructional tool, not as a subject of instruction. Still, many educators, less familiar and less comfortable with technology than their students, struggle to seamlessly integrate a growing list of technology tools into their regular curriculum. "Using technology in the classroom is becoming easier for teachers," instructional technology consultant Jamye Swinford told Education World. "Refdesk also has links to newspapers, listed by state and country.
Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance There is no doubt that finding the time to integrate technology is an overwhelming task for anyone. Throughout the course of a day, teachers find themselves pulled in many directions. However, technology is already integrated in nearly everything we do and nearly every job our students will encounter. So how do educators find an ideal balance for learning about and eventually integrating technology? It begins with a focus followed by good instructional design -- but ultimately, a healthy balance. Tomorrow's Literacy Technology is a literacy that is expected in higher education and in our economy. The contemporary job market requires us to adapt, continually learn, and apply various skill sets in many directions. It's equally important to expose students to information literacy skill sets. 3 Examples of Balanced Tech Integration Integrating technology doesn't have to consume your life as an educator. Here are some examples: Edmodo Google Sites Google Drive Opportunities, Not Apps
Best Practices in Technology Integration -- What the Research Says Most instructional technology implementation efforts focus their efforts around a few key areas. In our experience, these areas most often are: As a way of establishing what’s possible or ideal in each of these areas, we find that it’s useful to review how the relevant research describes “best practice”. Concise summaries of the research that defines best practice is presented below. Finally, working on the assumption that a picture is worth a thousand words (at least for visual learners), we have highlighted a few video clips from Edutopia (www.edutopia.org) that demonstrate how different educators have implemented elements of these best practices within their schools and districts. Best Practice in Technology Integration Studies have shown that, when integrated meaningfully into curriculum and instruction, technology can positively impact student learning and achievement. Key to the success of any intervention is the matching of the appropriate tool to the task at hand. back to top
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. Full-time online schools: The following online or virtual schools enroll students on a full-time basis. State operated District operated Charter operated State operated
Integrating Technology Catalog description: Focus on learning how to use communications technologies and develop related foreign language materials with an emphasis on pedagogically sound integration of these technologies and materials in the foreign language curriculum. Technologies to be explored include: presentation software, interactive multimedia, the World Wide Web, and real-time communication. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of the department. (3 sem hr.) This course will develop skills in using the tools of international communications for today's global village. Needed for class: - A computer - Duh! Student projects Fall 2015 Student projects Fall 2014 Student projects Fall 2013 Student projects Fall 2012 Student projects Fall 2011 Student projects Fall 2010 Student projects Fall 2009 Student projects Fall 2008 Course Description and Class Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all classes and to be punctual. 340.02 ACADEMIC DISHONESTY -- 1.
What Is Successful Technology Integration? Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparent Accessible and readily available for the task at hand Supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool -- it is second nature. 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. Types of Technology Integration Online Learning and Blended Classrooms
Journal of Educational Technology & Society 3D Virtual Worlds are being used for education and training purposes in a cross-disciplinary way. However, its widespread adoption, particularly in formal learning contexts, is far from being a reality due a broad range of technological challenges. In this reflection paper, our main goal is to argue why and how identity federation should be discussed and adopted as a solution to several barriers that educators and institutions face when using Virtual Worlds. By presenting a clear set of scenarios within different dimensions of the educational process, as classroom management, content reuse, learning analytics, accessibility, and research, we consider identity, traceability, privacy, accountability, and interoperability as main concerns in order to support our argument.