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So what is Technology Integration? - Betchablog

So what is Technology Integration? - Betchablog | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
I was asked by a colleague in another school the other day if I could give her a snapshot into what I actually do, and what the role of an ICT Integrator actually looks like (from my perspective anyway). Apparently she wants to talk to her school leaders about having an integrator on their staff …

Via Inge Wassmann, Felix Jacomino
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This is a great resource as it stresses that the importance of technology integration is for the benefit of the kids not for the sake of using technology.  This is the first source I've found that discusses the importance of how technology is integrated, not whether it is good or bad to integrate it.  I think it is an interesting and different take from what I had previously been looking at and will likely look more into this aspect of technology in the classroom.

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This is a good question and a good article on proper technology integration in the classroom.
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What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?

What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities? | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
How do general education classroom environments respond to individual differences and needs? How readily do teachers alter their forms of classroom organization; how readily do they modify approaches?
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Learning Disabilities make school difficult for a student to begin with, but having it broken down can be very useful for the teacher.  Classrooms are constantly busy and distracting to a student who is learning disabled.  A teacher may not realize, however, that discussing the activity would be more helpful to the student than them doing it  by themselves.  This could be a really useful guide on how to better accommodate students with Learning Disabilities.  Although they differ from child to child, and their individual needs will also differ, it is good to have some guidelines and ideas to help the teacher be better able to figure out how to work with these students and better help them.

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Using Social Media Tools in the Classroom

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Over the past few years, Social Media has become less of an edgy new technology for geeks and more of an important information tool. For example, in our recent spate of bad weather here in Pennsylvan

Via Alexandra Gottlieb
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I think that certain social media, such as ELMS or other similar programs can be incredibly helpful in education.  These programs are used to help students remain organized.  However, there are social media sites that, I believe, do not have a place in the classroom.  Facebook enables endless distractions, an idealized version of what life should be, and often is limited by parents in the home.  It's limited for a reason.  There is excessive cyber bullying, unfiltered content, and over-stimulating electronic use involved.  This article supports the use of facebook-like technologies in the classroom, and I find it an interesting counter argument.

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Alexandra Gottlieb's curator insight, March 8, 9:54 AM

I have never been so connected to my classroom until I started using elms in college. Instead of writing down my homework, I am constantly reminded of due dates. Instead of having a huge binder with resources and guidelines for assignments, I have it just a click away. Instead of searching for a teacher during their office hours, all I have to do is shoot an e-mail. 

 

I feel that ever since I started college, I have never been so on top of my game with school work and asking questions because with the technology we have today, we have so many ways to stay connected to the classroom. 

 

Being connected is very important for a student and their parents in elementary school. This blog mentions that it is argued that classes that require a child to use social media for projects, promotes the use of social media for themselves. It also mentions that people feel that technology used as a learning tool can be distracting or cannot be used for serious learning. However, I argue that all of this is not true. This is a great way for children to become more connected to their classroom early on in life, rather than starting in college. Technology is unavoidable nowadays and children will be on their computer and smart phones anyway so why not use it as a tool for education as well. With guidance, elementary school students can learn to use tools like elms and e-mail and power points earlier in life so I see no problem with that.

 

On the other hand, using technology requires a child to have a device themselves and not everyone can afford to provide a computer to their elementary school child. Also, I have learned from not having such technological resources to stay connected how to be organized on paper and in notebooks/binder, and also learned how to be vocal to teachers, rather than sitting behind a computer screen and using e-mail. Although I feel that using technology has a lot of advantages, It may not be realistic for every child to have such a device to use for such activities and children may be missing out on important life lessons like staying organized and being verbal. 

 

In my school that I have been going to, the younger students do not use technology as a tool however, the 5th grade class use computers throughout the day. Maybe this is a great way that a school can ease into the benefits that technology can hold for a student. 

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Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading | TIME.com

Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading | TIME.com | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Play time can be as important as class time for helping students perform their best.

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Part of why recess is so important is because it gives the students time for physical exercise and social interaction, and thus develops the students physically and socially.  While the article does not explicitly discuss technology, it details on the importance of personal interaction and physical activity, both of which electronic technology diminishes.

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Alexandra Gottlieb's curator insight, March 8, 8:15 AM

This article talks about how important recess is for a child. It mentions it's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development benefits that were found from research.  

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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

"The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012)."

 

 


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While I don't necessarily agree with this in the extent to which it is depicted, there are certainly parts that I wholeheartedly agree with.  Often technologies are over stimulating.  Looking at a computer screen, iPad screen, TV screen, etc. for an extended period of time causes migraines in myself and many other people that I know.  I have seen other research that suggests technology use before bed will make it difficult to fall asleep, and even aids in the development of ADD in children because there is too much to take in.  As this article points out, technology also has an increased cause in depression in adolescence.  Given all of these incredibly negative side effects, why are schools pushing towards a technology centered classroom?

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 10, 12:55 PM

It looks like the numerous parents enabling very young extensive use of handheld gadgets by very young children is going to bite us in a very few short years. -Lon

Claudie Graner's curator insight, March 11, 11:15 AM

makes sense....

 

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Common Core: State Launches Group to Help with New School Tests

Common Core: State Launches Group to Help with New School Tests | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
TWIN FALLS • Three Magic Valley educators will serve on a 20-member state panel to help schools prepare for new standardized tests this spring.
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Having a panel to help the school district to implement common core testing is a good idea and will help to keep testing consistent throughout the district. Having these tests technology based may pose problems as some schools have a lot of resources and others have fewer. These are inconsistencies that will need to be worked out.
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Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504

Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504 for Students with Disabilities
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This is a good explanation of what a 504 plan is and how it is meant to be helpful. 504s are great for providing students with disabilities the appropriate accommodations they need to succeed in a general education classroom. As long as a student is accommodated properly under a 504, it makes learning easy and not a hassle.
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This list is definitely thought provoking.  I personally would not even have twitter in the top 10, let alone first on the list for its usefulness in learning.  Although, I do feel that it would be more useful for educators than students.  This absolutely makes one think, especially since I understand googledocs and powerpoint being so high up on the list.  I'd be interested in learning the reasoning that teachers have for listing twitter as the top resource.

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So what is Technology Integration? - Betchablog

So what is Technology Integration? - Betchablog | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
I was asked by a colleague in another school the other day if I could give her a snapshot into what I actually do, and what the role of an ICT Integrator actually looks like (from my perspective anyway). Apparently she wants to talk to her school leaders about having an integrator on their staff …

Via Inge Wassmann, Felix Jacomino
Allie Peck's insight:

This is a great resource as it stresses that the importance of technology integration is for the benefit of the kids not for the sake of using technology.  This is the first source I've found that discusses the importance of how technology is integrated, not whether it is good or bad to integrate it.  I think it is an interesting and different take from what I had previously been looking at and will likely look more into this aspect of technology in the classroom.

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Exposing the Negative Effects of Technology on Kids

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Using technology as an educational tool has a primary impact on the way that teachers help kids to learn, according to the Pew Research Center. Although technology, the media and electronic devices ...
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These are general negative side effects of electronic technologies on children.  These are detrimental to a child's physical and mental well-being and can heavily influence their ability to socialize and communicate properly with other people.  One important issue addressed in this article is that a lot of information on the internet is false.  If technology is to be used extensively in a classroom, children need to be taught how to differentiate reliable and unreliable sources and how to find those sources in the first place.  There's a lot of work that needs to be done before technology is to be properly implemented into the classroom.

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Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice

Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
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This is misleading and does not particularly concern disabilities and inclusion of that sort, but it is a good example of technology in the classroom.  I do, however, find this to be an overuse of technology.  Admittedly, I do not know how much of their school day is dedicated to this subject, but it is concerning to me that they go home and continue to be glued to a computer monitor.  It seems to be a positive for the students in that it keeps them interested in the lesson at hand.

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We Must Provide Equal Opportunity in Sports to Students with Disabilities | ED.gov Blog

We Must Provide Equal Opportunity in Sports to Students with Disabilities | ED.gov Blog | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
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It is a sad truth that too often students are excluded from extra curricular sports due to their disabilities. Athletics are an important aspect of a child's education and inclusion is important in everything a school has to offer its students, including sports.
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Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

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If you have a learning disability, and you believe that receiving accommodations will help you to achieve a higher score, proactivity is key....
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While I understand that there may be students who abuse accommodations, it is concerning that a stigma has been placed on all students applying for accommodations. The point of providing accommodations is to make test taking and learning more effective for a disabled student. If I student truly needs it, it should be easy to acquire. There is often a medical or other professional who will check for and attest to a students disability. As long as this is present, accommodations should be given to disabled students.
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What Works: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

What Works: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities | EDCI280 | Scoop.it
Quickly lists teaching strategies that can be used to help students with disabilities (and students without, too) and how effective they are. Also mentions how teaching requires adjustment on a student to student basis.
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This is definitely useful as a quick guide, but more research is needed to properly dissect how to best implement these into a classroom. Also, keeping in mind that some things work for some students better than they do for others is incredibly important.
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