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Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance

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 Related:  Professional Development and Professional GrowthPLN - N. WootenEducational Technology

Web Tools Blog Series: Tools to Help Students Collaborate In previous blogs, we focused on web tools to collect and organize content and tools to help students create and present ideas. In this module, we focus on how to use web tools to foster collaboration. Randy Nelson (Pixar University) provides a brilliant definition of collaboration by using two principles of improv. First, accept every offer and second, make your partner look good. When teams collaborate on a project, they accept each others' ideas without judgment and "plus" them -- they ask, what can we do with this. I found this list of "principles" and think we can learn a lot more about collaboration from improv. Principle 4: Shut up and Listen Good improvisers are not necessarily more clever, or more quick-witted. Principle 5: Action beats inaction Don't talk about doing it, do it. Principle 8: There are no mistakes Earlier I said that we have to be willing to make mistakes. As a quick example, watch this video (caution, one bad word near the end). Example Projects Tools

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. 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 Middle School Teachers' Understanding of Technology Integration: A study of how middle school teachers are beginning to use technology in their classrooms. High School Higher Education

5 Reasons to Incorporate Technology into Your Classroom | Capella University Blog Think that integrating technology into the classroom will only distract students and marginalize educators? Think again. Since students are already interested and engaged in technology, teachers can harness that attention for educational purposes. 1. Using a computer, tablet, or other device encourages self-directed learning and creates an active participant in the learning process, rather than the passive learners found in a lecture environment. 2. No one learns in the same way or at the same pace, but technology can level-set the classroom. 3. In a research project conducted by the U.S. 4. Technology is an integral part of how we work and live. 5. Using technologies like virtual lesson plans and internet resources can help free up time — both in developing and delivering curriculum. As an educator, integrating technology into the curriculum is key. Make sure you understand: An easy way to introduce technology is to start small. Resources to Get You Started Categories: Education

7 Fun Ways to Use Technology in the classroom to enrich learning Technology in the classroom is the best learning tool. With classroom technology educators can get more students engaged, improve collaboration, and most importantly make learning fun! School wireless networks everywhere are implementing BYOD and 1:1 initiatives and are taking advantage of the many benefits technology in the classroom has to offer. If you would like to learn more about some of the great benefits classroom technology has to offer check out this blog 5 Reasons BYOD Technology in the Classroom Enhances Learning. Today I would like to highlight some great ways to best utilize technology in the classroom to enrich learning. 1) Video Streaming If a picture says a thousand words, imagine how many words a video says. 2) Play Games What kid doesn’t love playing games? Also Read | "How Video Games and Mobile Devices are Changing Gym Class Forever" 3) Social Media Don’t ban social media, embrace it. 4) Blogging Also Read | "Update: How Students are Using Technology in the Classroom 2013"

poida QR Codes Can Do That? There are tons of quick and easy ways to integrate technology into your instruction -- with powerful results. I've been a fan of Quick Response (QR) codes in education for years and even wrote a book all about how they can be used to promote deeper learning in your classroom. When speaking to teachers about these black-and-white squares, it's so much fun to see the "aha" moments as we explore different ways to use scannable technology in the classroom. This list of five things that you may not know about QR codes contains some simple ideas that definitely pack a punch. These tips include strategies for differentiating instruction, distributing materials, and keeping families up to date on classroom activities. 1. QR codes can talk! Another quick option is using a web tool like Vocaroo, which lets users record their voice with the microphone on their device. 2. Since a QR code is connected to a web address, you can take a scanner to any location on the internet. 3. 4. 5.

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.

Cram.com: Create and Share Online Flashcards 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

Does Technology Make Us Smarter or Dumber? Can a calculator make you smarter? The QAMA calculator can. You use it just like a regular calculator, plugging in the numbers of the problem you want to solve — but QAMA won’t give you the answer until you provide an accurate estimate of what that answer will be. If your estimate is way off, you’ll have to go back to the problem and see where you went wrong. If your estimate is close, QAMA (developed by Ilan Samson, an “inventor-in-residence” at the University of California, San Diego) will serve up the precise solution, and you can compare it to your own guess. Either way, you’ll learn a lot more than if you simply copied the answer that a calculator spit out. Ever since journalist Nicholas Carr posed a provocative question — “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Calculators. (MORE: Does Listening to Music While Working Make You Less Productive?) Auto-complete. Texting. (MORE: Why Kids Should Learn Cursive) Search engines. (MORE: Remember More Without Trying) Email. Websites.

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1) Magic Tree House If your students like The Magic Tree House series (and let's be honest, who doesn't?) 2) Toporopa Can't afford that summer vacation schlepping around Europe? 3) ReadWriteThink Printing Press ReadWriteThink creates a lot of great educational resources. 4) Spell With Flickr Spell With Flickr is a simple site that allows you to enter any word, and will then create a photo representation of that word using pictures from Flickr. 5) Freeology 6) Tagxedo Tagxedo is a Wordle-esque site that allows students to create beautiful word clouds. 7) Learn Your Tables 8) Virtual Sistine Chapel 9) Cool Math

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