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8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology

8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technology
I just came across this graphic on Twitter and it straightforward picked my interest. I was contemplating the deep meaning it communicates and could not agree more. The message is clear: technology is a means and not an end. However, still water runs deep and if we dive a bit under the surface meaning we ll arrive at the core of the problem behind technology use in schools. Instead of integrating technology into education in a structured way that enhances learning and consolidates the insights students garner in class, technology is often being used for the sake of using it or at the most for carrying out traditional taks in a techy way. Using SAMR terms, teachers are still operating within the substitution level in that they are using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different. source:

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class Digital Tools Flickr: Brad Flickinger By Matt Levinson As the explosive growth of tablets finds its way to schools, teachers and administrators need to continue the work of figuring out how to best incorporate tablets into the learning experience of students. Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. To get kids to shift into tablet as learning tool, teachers are finding that instilling fair, reasonable and consistent classroom habits in tablet learning environments is key. Here are a few strategies to employ to facilitate positive tablet learning habits: Be clear with students at the outset of class whether tablets will be used that day. Schools can continue to keep learning and growing and recognizing that tablets are a new learning tool. Related Explore: iPad, tablet

A Survival Guide To Teaching With Technology If you’re a brave soul attempting to teach with technology, then you know that it can be a challenging and downright difficult task. Students are resistant to change. Teachers are too. Administrators are, well, too. A presentation by the always amazing Shelly Terrell should help. (sometimes you need to refresh this page to view the presentation – not sure why) The presentation above walks you through (step-by-step – love that show – now the theme song is in my head) how to approach technology integration. The next step is to simply understand that technology is a tool. Now get connected. Good luck! 12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education There are a couple dozen ways to ‘use’ technology in education. There are also a couple dozen ways to integrate technology in education. Think those two things are the same? Think that throwing a few iPads and a few Edudemic blog posts into a classroom is the best way to launch a 1:1 initiative? Situation 1 You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your school’s curriculum. Situation 2 You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your students’ learning. Weigh In Which principal would you want?

The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads "Put your wands away!" Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter stories would tell the students at the beginning of each class. After a few classes when Professor Umbridge would make the announcement, "Put your wands away," the students did not have to do anything because they never even bothered to take the wands out. Interestingly enough, I witnessed a similar experience in my own wizarding school, um, I mean just school. Forgive the allusion to Harry Potter, but there are just too many wonderful parallels. Our freshman and sophomore students all had iPads (wands) and some of the teachers would have them looking up information, collaborating on an app, or watching chemistry movies. Teacher Tech Blues When I asked them why they did not use the iPads in the classes they taught, these are some of the reasons they mentioned: I don't have time to both prepare a good lesson and then figure out how to fit the technology into it. As I reflected on this information, I pondered the ramifications:

ICATS 30 Day Challenge…Warm Up and Get Ready! | EVSC ICATS Welcome to the 2013 ICATS 30 Day eLearning Challenge! Well, another year has jumped out and handed us a new challenge! We have been preparing our thoughts and we have come up with a great list of resources for you in this year’s ICATS 30 Day Challenge! We are also happy to include our challenge into our ongoing connected educator blogs for the month of October! Additionally, we are proud to announce a great new feature to this year’s challenge… we are able to host it diectly on our website! For our past challenges, all of the posts and resources are available at for you to access and review if you would like. The first year we were able to award an iPad to teacher Melissa Mayer (Vogel Elementary School, EVSC). Well, the great news keeps on keepin’ on! Additional recognition: EVSC Employee: 1 – Free registration to the first ever Indiana Google Summit February 15-16, 2014 at Harrison High School, Evansville Indiana ($249 value)

Bloom's and ICT tools Many teachers use Bloom's Taxonomy and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy in developing and structuring their teaching & learning experiences. Bloom's Digital taxonomy is an attempt to marry Bloom's revised taxonomy and the key verbs to digital approaches and tools. This is not a replacements to the verbs in the revised taxonomy, rather it suppliments and supports these by including recent developments, processes and tools. Files Web 2.0 Tutorials Without a doubt one of the best resources on the web for web2.0 Technologies is the commoncraft show.

Teachers who just got iPads I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith (@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. So here it is, my visual, albeit briefer introduction for teachers who just got iPads: Holly 9 Starter Tips for Teachers Who Just Got iPadsPNG (No links – 1mb) PDF (Links – 2mb) Like this: Like Loading... Related 2 Teachers have 9 thoughts as iPad turns 5 I am very excited to be collaborating with the great Steve Lai again (@sly111). In "21C Learning" Analyzing iPad Myths in Education Are you still trying to fight for iPads in your school? iPads in schools! 20th Century pedagogy + iPads = Gaming So, you're in your classroom and annoyed that the kids are playing games on the iPads.

25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update The Number One reason–according to students–why their computer doesn’t work is… It’s broken. Can I move to a different computer??? Doesn’t matter why they’re wrong. As a tech teacher, I know that half the problems that stop students short in their tech lessons are the same few. In the three years since I first posted this, I haven’t changed my mind about these problems. Once they know the solution, I play Socrates and make them come up with it when faced with the problem. Here are a few of my favorite posters that will get these solutions across: –from 55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom and 19 Posters for the Tech Classroom Follow me Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. Like this: Like Loading...