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3 Edtech Myths

3 Edtech Myths | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

New edtech might not cure all ills. Beyond being cool and fun, developers, teachers, schools, and parents must consider optimal circumstances and unintended consequences.


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Myths are myths. We have to grasp what is true in them and what is inaccurate. Fancy does not mean useful.

 

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10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
With technology moving out of the lab and into the classroom, it's becoming a challenge for some teachers to infuse their teaching with tech tools such as websites, educational games, simulations, ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I treated it like a game and worked to connect my use to what I already knew. For example, I learned Power Point because I had used Hyper Studio and had some idea of what might work.

 

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LET Team's curator insight, March 18, 4:10 PM

Some good tips here, I particularly like LMGTFY...Let Me Google That For You...

Skrall Jashmirt's curator insight, March 19, 10:34 AM
este tema me agrada por su alto contenido, el cual nos puede beneficiar tanto alumnos como maestros. ya que el uso de la tecnologia es muy muy benefico entre nosotros
MARÍA JOSEFINA AGUILAR LEO's curator insight, March 19, 2:08 PM

Importantes aspects un Tomar en Cuenta párr Quienes ESTAMOS Interesados o HEMOS Incorporado el USO de la Tecnología en Nuestras aulas

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How Educational Technologies Improve Learning

How Educational Technologies Improve Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Learn how technology can be used in schools to improve instruction, simplify a teacher’s work, or smooth operational challenges.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Digital technologies do improve learning. That should not be at question. The question should be when does it improve learning? Is this the right context and situation for this technology?

 

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How to make technology a successful partner in teaching

How to make technology a successful partner in teaching | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
No matter how clever its functionality, a smart device is a tool like any other, and has to be applied and used skilfully to do the job well.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Pekka Puhakka, Suvi Salo
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On the surface I might disagree with the premise. My reading of Heidegger suggests something different. He proposed that our thinking in using any technology is stultified (incompetent and worthless) or blindly rebelling against the technology. Choosing to use a technology and question it is an important first step in using it as partnership in learning. Is this the right tool for this learning and teaching?

 

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Educate Massachusetts's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:55 PM

Yes, technology is a tool to create and think.  Tools can be created to help and hurt.  Educators are in the business of teaching students how to create and find purpose with positive intentions. 

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Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster

Are You A Tech-Savvy Teacher, This Infographic Will Tell You | TechFaster | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Through the course of our “summer school” here at Techfaster we’ve met plenty of tech savvy educators. From ISTE in early July to the NAESP show and Campus Tech that wrapped up this week, teachers, administrators and education enthusiasts were learning, sharing, and networking with each other. These are definitely the tech savvy teacher type, and that’s validated in the infographic below from Daily Genius. But just because you spent part of the summer at EdTech conferences doesn’t necessarily mean you are a tech savvy teacher. Of course the reverse is true as well, maybe you had family events and your own kids to tend to during the summer. Are you a tech savvy teacher? A strong indicator would be that you’re even reading this article here at techfaster.com. Are you keeping your students, parents, fellow teachers and administrators up to date with the goings on in your classroom with your own blog? That’s a good sign you’re a tech savvy teacher. Just think about what the communication you can have with a blog, would have been like in the days of the ditto machine? You would have to plan out your thoughts, outline them, create a ditto original, print them, pass them out to students, and just pray they didn’t end up on the floor of the school bus. Are you networking with other teachers you’ve never met on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or a knowledge sharing educational site? Are you regularly attending edtech chat or listening to podcasts? All of these are signs that you care about your own professional development, living in current times and caring about your students. YouTube, Twitter, SnapChat, Minecraft, Instagram, and Vine are all a part of your students lives. Facebook, Pinterest and email are all a part of your students’ parents’ lives. You’re almost too far behind if you’re not a “tech savvy” teacher. Check out the infographic below and see how you stack up.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , juandoming, Suvi Salo
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We should not confuse being "tech savvy" with having a blog, doing your PD online, knowing the vocabulary, etc. PD is something that is best integrated between many delivery methods, including digital. Knowing the vocabulary does not mean anything. I know teachers who speak Covey all the time and do not know what it means. They know the vocabulary. A key question is what does tech savvy mean?

 

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anne walker's curator insight, August 3, 2014 11:37 AM

Some Tech-Savvy goals worth aiming towards.

arveen kaur's curator insight, August 3, 2014 11:24 PM

Yall should know

PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:06 AM

Professional routines for Tech-savvy teachers, but also useful for tech-savvy students: creation of Personal Learning Networks, belonging to learning communities, using technology for the co-production of knowledge...

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Support "tech - shy" teachers to see the benefits of technology in their classroom

Support "tech - shy" teachers to see the benefits of technology in their classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Strategies to get your technology-shy teachers to take a chance on new tools.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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One thing that would be helpful is not to force digital technologies on good teachers. They need support and it can be provided by providing them with opportunities to plan their professional development. They other thing that is important is do not assume that resistance is being tech shy. I resisted, but am hardly tech shy. What I resisted was the external experts who thought they knew more about my teaching and students than I did.

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Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:49 AM

Ninguna herramienta Tecnológica es infalible y ante ello siempre hay que tener un plan B...calma y asumir que navegamos en aguas caóticas que nos implicarán flexibilidad!!!!


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Social Scientist Diana Rhoten on 21st Century Learning, Youth Networks, and Digital Media

Diana Rhoten is director of the Knowledge Institutions program and the Digital Media and Learning project at the Social Science Research Council in New York....

Via Ken Morrison
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We want connection Houston.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:58 AM

Here is a great five-minute video by Diana Rhoten about how we can use new media in our classrooms to connect our learners with their passions in a way that will engage them and motivate them to keep learning beyond what we tell them to do.

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Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral

Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As digital technologies become daily staples in both our personal and professional lives, there's been much discussion among educators and community leaders as to whether these devices and innovations could in some way be accountable for shifts in...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Swati Lahiri
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Howard Gardner wrote about this as early as 1993. We have the ability to effectively make this happen.

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This Time – Technology Matters but Teachers Still Matter More!

This Time – Technology Matters but Teachers Still Matter More! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Tom D'Amico, the Superintendent of Human Resources with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, discusses how his district has met the needs of today's digital learner by focusing on the relationship and scaling of personal networks. Teachers do not dump kids in front of devices. Instead they receive yearly instruction on digital citizenship to model behaviors for students and use researched-based practices to help students learn.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Teachers are who vivify topics and learning.

 

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4 Tech Confessions From a Teacher

Find 4 tech confessions from a teacher that uses technology every day in class.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Being an expert and thinking of one's self as an expert can hinder the teaching. We can become rigid and unable to explore easily.

 

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10 sounds that make us miss the olden days of tech

10 sounds that make us miss the olden days of tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
From clacking typewriters to the shrill tones of dial up Internet, the past few decades are full of crazy tech noises. Here are our top 10.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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The idea that digital technologies are silent is a reason we should be more aware of them.

 

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Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class

Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Kelly Christopherson
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Digital technologies should fit the learning and its context. It is not the other way around that learning fits the digital technologies.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 20, 2014 2:34 PM

Although some of these provide different ways to integrate technology, I often wonder if, instead of making tech "fit", the goal should be what learning/growth/idea/concept do we want to explore and then proceed from there instead of seeing what tool we have and directing the learning with the tool. 

Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:14 PM

all you have to do is...give it some thought.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 22, 2014 1:16 PM

Wonderful collection of possibilities.

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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - Hechinger Report

Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood of Chestnut Hill seems to …

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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I think classroom teachers have realized this was the case. Including the people closest to the action into the conversation is essential.

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Arne Duncan: How Technology Will Revolutionize Testing and Learning: Scientific American

Arne Duncan: How Technology Will Revolutionize Testing and Learning: Scientific American | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Greater broadband access will bring the latest digital tools to more teachers and students

Via Ken Morrison
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Technology is a tool and, if a tool is well-chosen and well-used, that would be the key. We cannot force fit it into what we want.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, August 3, 2013 6:50 PM

I was most interested in the section about how technology will help testing.    The Advance Placement testing is moving away from strictly multiple test format.  Yeah!

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How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Remember the good old days of reading textbooks in school and taking notes from a chalkboard? Yeah, neither do we. PBS Learning Media, in preparation for Digital Learning Day on... (RT @dp_geopol: How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

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This is definitely an important question. What uses do they have for technology? What criteria helps them make decisions?

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