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Adopting Digital Technologies in the Classroom: 10 Assessment Questions Answering 10 questions will help guide faculty in adopting digital technology for the classroom By
Integrating Technology in the Classroom What do you need? The use of technology, the Web in particular, has become an important skill for both students and teachers to master. The Internet has a vast amount of information and infinitely many uses, but it takes practice to learn to effectively navigate its resources. This week’s tips focus on finding ways to guide students in their research and use of the Web. Creating a successful class Web site demands more than just technical skills.
A year after seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff started a pilot social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom, 20% of students school-wide were completing extra assignments for no credit, grades had gone up more than 50%, and chronic absenteeism was reduced by more than a third. For the first time in its history, the school met its adequate yearly progress goal for absenteeism. At a time when many teachers are made wary by reports of predators and bullies online, social media in the classroom is not the most popular proposition. Teachers like Delmatoff, however, are embracing it rather than banning it. They argue that the educational benefits of social media far outweigh the risks, and they worry that schools are missing out on an opportunity to incorporate learning tools the students already know how to use.