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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology
During one of our last leadership team meetings this past school year, we reflected on our use of digital portfolios to house student work. We had a lot to celebrate: We had found a digital tool to capture student learning, Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app. No one felt much pressure to be the best at using technology. Parent feedback, although limited in the initial stages of this project, was very positive. Things were looking up going into the fall. But a variety of concerns were also shared. Although there might never be enough time, what could be an underlying concern here? A theory was that technology had not truly become embedded in the day-to-day instruction of some teachers because they had not developed fluency in using it. We had not yet achieved a sense of comfort with the digital devices we had on hand. Personally Connect With Technology Certainly, I am not advocating that educators treat school technology like their own personal property. Starting Small

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning

A New Tool for Turning Webpages Into Whiteboards July, 2015 Here is a new interesting tool for teachers. Whiteboard , we discovered via Stephen Gale, is a Chrome app that enables you to draw on top of webpages using things such as a stylus, trackpad, mouse…etc. The app is particularly useful for annotating and illustrating content on a webpage. Whiteboard is still in beta phase and as such several useful features are still in the making. A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom by TeachThought Staff This post was promoted by Noet Scholarly Tools who are offering TeachThought readers 20% off their entire order at with coupon code TEACHTHOUGHT (enter the coupon code after you’ve signed in)! Get started with their Harvard Fiction Classics or introductory packages on Greek and Latin classics.

The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning Welcome to the official guide to technology and learning by Edudemic! This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share. iPad classes are affecting our children's learning: parents Last updated 21:57, July 5 2015 istock Schools across the Waikato are adopting the use of devices, such as iPads, in school. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. And yet, we don’t seem to value questioning as much as we should.

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources As I am sure it is for any educator, my student teaching experience was definitely memorable for many reasons. Some good. Some bad. One particular moment, however, has stayed with me all these years. My department chair at the time, Mrs. Classroom Technology Is Not a Substitute for Teaching Home » Articles » Classroom Technology Is Not a Substitute for Teaching Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs in the world but those who are involved in it'll say that it's very rewarding. After all, being able to influence the minds of the future can give any teacher a great deal of satisfaction and pride, which will hopefully help make up for some of the rougher moments. Of course, all jobs will have positive and negative moments around it, not just teaching but it's fair to say that teaching is a role that many people hold in high regard. This is why many teachers are concerned about the increasing level of technology that's creeping into the job as they say this is taking away from much of the magic of teaching. This is certainly not the case though and teachers should embrace these new products and methods as an aid to their teaching methods, as opposed to a substitute.

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II In continuation of Part I of “A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources,” please find below the accumulated list for Part II. As always, I have given you my best, but I am quite sure I have left off some technology tools that may flabberghast you. No problem.