There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really.
But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, social media, blogs, reports, and the Daily Genius community to uncover the top 10 reasons that edtech is getting passed over. The results might (or might not) surprise you.
All this 21st century learning talk is happening but you’re still performing standardised tests, teachers are still teaching from the front of class and most are still predominantly isolated in their own classrooms. There’s probably a small group of “new learning” types who you know are trying the “Project-based-design-thinking-SAMR” type stuff but the school as a whole isn’t following their lead.
I recently came across a talk by Michael Fullan on making change. I thought this would be useful to share but it also reminded me of a TED talk by Linda Hill, which then led me to dig up 3 more TED talks which when combined might give schools and their leadership teams some real incentive and instruction for change. They also combine to indicate that progress will not be made with either top-down or bottom-up approaches but from a developing a new school culture towards shared, networked collaboration at all levels.
Last week we shared with you ‘ Evaluating Apps for the Classroom’ a free interactive guide from Apple Education to help you make the best of educational apps in your instruction. Today we are featuring with you some interesting materials from ‘Get Started Teaching with iPad’ series.These are courses created specifically for teachers. Each of these courses provides tips and resources for integrating iPad in the instruction of one of these subject matters: elementary math, elementary science, and elementary literacy. We have also added two more resources for high school physics and chemistry teachers.
There is really no reason why school libraries should fear competing sources of information. With the right adjustments, K-12 libraries can work alongside the rest of the data that students access on a daily basis. Remaining relevant is simply a matter of carrying foundational ideals forward and adapting to an ever-changing information culture.
Are you looking for ways to foster creativity in your classroom? This post provides some history about the nature of creativity and shares how beliefs have shifted over time. If innovation and creativty is a key component of what students need to learn then how can we go about doing a better job teaching it. A few of the suggestions are below (quoted from the article, although each has additional information).
* Embrace creativity as part of learning.
* Participate in or create a program to develop creative skills.
* Use a creativity model. (Note - one is suggested that has six steps).
* See creativity in a positive light.
* Explore different cultures.
An additional 25 suggestions may be found in the post as well as links to many resources.
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For those of us who worry that Google might be making us stupid, and that, perhaps, technology and education don’t mix well, here’s a new study to confirm that anxiety. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) looked at computer use among 15-year-olds across 31 nations and regions, and found that students who used computers more …
New research on how schools are using the ed-tech software and technology they purchase shows schools are not maximizing their investments. Often educators aren't even using the products in the classroom.
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