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How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology
A common question that we hear from teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms is, “how do I know if I’m doing it right?” We love to hear this question because that tells us that the teacher is starting to analyze and evaluate how they are integrating technology and are looking for a way to gauge their effectiveness. We feel that the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) best addresses the question of “doing it right.” According to the Arizona K-12 Center at Northern Arizona University , “the TIM is designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.” There is more than one version of the TIM but the one that we most commonly refer to with our staff was produced by the Arizona K12 Center at NAU. What is The Technology Integration Matrix? Download PDF of the Technology Integration Matrix

10 Ways The Internet Is Bad For You Do you sometimes feel fatigued and worn out after prolonged Internet usage? Do you think looking up medical answers is making you healthier? A new infographic might be a bit alarming for you. See Also: How To Avoid The Dangers Of Sitting For Long Periods If you’re a connected educator or student, you already know that sitting for extended periods is bad for your health, your eyes can suffer from being strained, and more. Source: Five technology skills every student should learn Readers say technology literacy is about much more than learning how to use certain applications By Meris Stansbury, Associate EditorRead more by Meris Stansbury September 4th, 2012 “It’s important to remember that technology is there to bend to your will, not the other way around,” said one reader. What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? We recently asked our readers this question, and here’s what they had to say. From having the courage to experiment with different technologies to possessing online literacy, readers said being a tech-savvy student in the 21st century is about much more than learning how to use a certain software program or device—it’s about being able to adapt to what’s constantly changing. What do you think of this list? (Comments edited for brevity.) 1. “Students need to be able to read a news article and determine if there is bias and if it’s truthful.

Foreign Language Primary Tech How Important Is Accountability In Your Classroom? In 2009, the Obama administration announced it would focus on “cultivating a new culture of accountability in America’s schools.” Looking back over the last four years, “accountability” has been the central tenant for the education community, and politically charged. School performance data is too often associated with failure, but it is a powerful tool that can improve teaching and outcomes for students. The Importance Of Accountability Teachers are already adopting this approach and seeing that it gets them results in the classroom. They shared successes and areas for improvement, creating a culture of trust between classrooms. Her principal recognized this as an opportunity, and assigned Melinda to a new task this year, as data coach. “Data driven teaching is a complete mindset shift,” says Melinda, particularly when trying to integrate it into an already busy routine. Why I Left Teaching Teachers simply need leadership and the right tools to view accountability as an opportunity.

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. Google Specifically for Education From Google Scholar that returns only results from scholarly literature to learning more about computer science, these Google items will help you at school. Google Scholar. Google Docs 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. Gmail 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Google Calendar 44.

The Technology Integration Answer...Well Almost Earlier this year our district adopted the TPACK model of technology integration. What is TPACK you ask? Basically, it takes the approach that planning for technology integration shouldn't be an event. It should be something that adds to what we are already doing. You can view this presentation to learn more. According to the feedback we have gotten from the folks who have embraced it has been overwhelmingly positive. Recently I came across something that you can also use to make technology integration easier for you and your staff. There are actually 2 that you can take a look at. The first is the original from The Florida Center For Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. The other is an adaption from Northern Arizona University. (You will want to visit each of the sites where these live because both matrices are interactive.) Down the left hand side of each is the learning environment. About Steven Steven W.

Education Quotes Annie Dillard:I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. Plutarch: The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited. Aeschylus I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship. B.B.King: The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. Heinrich Heine If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world. George Iles: Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. Anthony J. Euripides: Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. Walt Disney I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. Confucius: Learning without thought is a labor lost, thought without learning is perilous. Denis Waitley: All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Greek Proverb: All things good to know are difficult to learn. Ray LeBlond: You learn something every day if you pay attention. H.G.

How To Find A Classroom To Skype With Have you ever wanted to try out Skype in the classroom but didn’t know where to start? We’ve published numerous guides filled with tips and tricks but there’s a glaring problem: how do you find a partner classroom to Skype with? Until now, you had to do Google searches, Twitter hashtag searches, and generally spend a lot of time searching. So I figured, hey why not create a simple spreadsheet that lets all the classrooms around the world share their contact info, availability, and what they’d like to talk about … in a simple spreadsheet. Want to add your name / classroom to the list? Click here to ADD your classroom to the Global Skype Directory For Classrooms Want to find a classroom to Skype with? Click here to VIEW the directory.

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5 Presentation Tools To Captivate Every Student Creating a presentation that keeps a captive audience engaged is tough. Creating a presentation that keeps distracted students engaged is a much harder task again. Whether your are demonstrating to a class or presenting at a conference, keeping an audience focused on your content is more challenging than it used to be. Children and adult audience members alike, now have glowing distractions in their pockets and are expecting the instant gratification that comes from the Internet generation. Text on slides no longer has the appeal and will easily lose the attention battle to a Facebook update or a new cow on FarmVille. Here are a few tools that will help you enthrall your audience and keep your presentations on the entertaining side of educational: SlideRocket is a hosted web app designed to take presentations to the next level with graphical prowess and multimedia integration. There are a number of real benefits in using a web based Presentation tool such as SlideRocket.