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Ten crucial steps for implementing new technology in your classroom

Ten crucial steps for implementing new technology in your classroom | Web 2.0 and Social Media | Scoop.it
So, you want to use that new app, site, web tool, gizmo, or doo-dad in the classroom? That's great! Now what? Using a process to vet, research, and test a new addition to your repertoire is crucial...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 2013 8:27 PM

Technology changes rapidly and many want to jump on the bandwagon quickly, but before we bring new technology into our classroom we need to learn to use it and determine if it will help move students to a new level. One of my favorite saying is that technology should not be used simply to use technology, but to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum. This post provides ten excellent points that we should consider before bringing in the next cool tool that we discover. Four are listed below.

* Identify and verify

* Do some real research

* Write a rationale for use

* Build norms and expectations for use

Each of the points has additional information. Click through to the post to learn more.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:09 PM

Thanks, Bth. Good advice.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:43 PM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Technology changes rapidly and many want to jump on the bandwagon quickly, but before we bring new technology into our classroom we need to learn to use it and determine if it will help move students to a new level. One of my favorite saying is that technology should not be used simply to use technology, but to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum. This post provides ten excellent points that we should consider before bringing in the next cool tool that we discover. Four are listed below.

* Identify and verify

* Do some real research

* Write a rationale for use

* Build norms and expectations for use

Each of the points has additional information. Click through to the post to learn more.

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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | Web 2.0 and Social Media | Scoop.it
Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...

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Monica Lamelas's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:47 PM

Something to reflect on as we aim to integrate more technology into our course offerings.

Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:27 PM

An important point to remember when we are considering using technology in the classroom. The integration of technology can be a help in the classroom while simply using technology can become a hinderance. So where do we make that distinction? 

James Buchanan's curator insight, June 5, 2013 11:47 PM

This article is about digital technology and how it is used and integrated. Are we truly USING technology when it is not integrated? When we ask for assessment that is presented with powerpoint, for example, we could just as easily ask them to write it in a book or make a poster. Digital technology should be used to facilitate collaboration and build high level thinking skills, that is how learning occurs.

 

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What Is The Right Age To Introduce Your Kids To Mobile Technology?

What Is The Right Age To Introduce Your Kids To Mobile Technology? | Web 2.0 and Social Media | Scoop.it
My boys love to play with their iPad. My oldest who is 4 ½ spends an average of about 45 minutes each day playing a variety of games. Some like Endless Alphabet are educational while others like Fruit Ninja, are not so much.

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Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:55 AM

This reminds me of a similar discussion in the 70s and 80s, how much television should young children watch per day? Young humans need to bond with their Mother, then bond with the Earth, then bond with others. The argument holds true today.