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The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
From last year's ISTE talk by Adam Bellow that's making the rounds again: The new "F" word is Fear. Fear of using technology in schools, in the hands of kids. Here's why that should change.
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Don't trap technology in a room. As I have stated before, I was once very narrow-minded when it came to technology in the classroom. The author has a good point about computers being put into one room as if they are a treat or something. Computers should be able to be used continuously throughout classroom time. Students should be able to group up together and research online. These are things that they may/will have to do when they are researching for work, assignments for college, etc. It's good to get them started now. 


How are students able to use technology effectively if the teacher does not know how to use it, let alone integrate it into her lesson plans. Some teachers may try to avoid technology as much as they can in fear of not being able to operate something. Teachers need to know how to use technology!

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there's a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-traini
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 Should schools provide training for teachers that have trouble using technology? This blog points out that principals are looking to hire new teachers that have creative ideas for intergrating technology into their classrooms. But existing teachers have trouble even figuring out how to use advanced technology. "Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate student so learn...Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers." 

 

I feel that in order for teachers to be beneficial and effective with technology in the classroom, training should be a requirement. To me, it is useless to try to integrate technology in the classrooms if teachers do not know how to use it to benefit their students. 

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Students Know How We Should Use Technology in Schools

Students Know How We Should Use Technology in Schools | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Lenny Gonzalez By Sara Bernard Last summer, 15 students from Chicago's public school system were charged with answering this question: "How can 21st
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I found this post to be very interesting. I like how students are given the opportunity to tell why technology should be used in schools. We hear from the educators, the parents, everyone else, but not much from the students who are the most affected people of the group. 

 

One of the suggestions that stood out to me was for workshops to be held for teachers on how to integrate technology in the classrooms. So we are so focused on getting this new techology in the classrooms, but we're not training the teachers on how to use them??? I have had experiences where a teacher would take up the first 20 minutes of class trying to figure out how to use a piece of technology. Some teachers are wise enough to have an assignment on hand for us to do while they try to figure things out. The not so wise teachers, try not to panic (oftentimes, with not much success).

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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: We Use Technology in Schools for Rote Skills: The Ugly Truth

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: We Use Technology in Schools for Rote Skills: The Ugly Truth | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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It is evident that some people are for or against technology in the classroom. The difference in the for and the against is the mindset: I know I was against technology in the classroom for a long time, until recently. Before, I would watch videos on youtube where teachers would use this big cool white board instead of a chalkboard. Instead of using simple chalk, the teacher or students can tap on the board or use a marker to draw or write something. This is exciting because it's something new. But we fail to realize that technology changes, and people get bored. They are ready to move on to something else. So now you have to find out what "new thing" will keep the students engaged. We have to ask ourselves, why are we using tehcnology? What purpose is it serving, other than just using another gadget? Technology can be used for more than what we take advantage of, but if we don't know why we use it, we may never know the possiblities.

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more app
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I personally do not feel that students should be able to have the final say on how to use technology in the classroom (particularly older students). From reading this post, it sounds to me that students just want to use technology (their devices) to do things that they can easily do outside of school (e.g. post to their friends on Facebook). While Facebook can be a useful tool in where teachers can link up with other teachers from another school to use Facebook as a platform for communication, students can abuse that right to message their friends or post inappropriate content. I think that if students are using devices, it is a school property device that can be monitored. Devices in the classroom should be used for educational purposes. By monitoring devices, schools can make sure that they are not being used for anything other than what it is intended for. Schools must also keep in mind that there are some students that do not have devices at home. My first semester at UMD, I was required to bring my own laptop to class. I did not own a laptop, nor did anyone in my family. Because of that, I often felt left out when there was an activity that required us to be on the laptop. I quickly went to purchase one, but not everyone has that luxury. We have to keep this in mind as well.

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Why new technologies could never replace great teaching

Why new technologies could never replace great teaching | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Technology in education gets plenty of hype, but let's not forget the importance of teaching and learning, says Pamela Wright
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We get so caught up in having new technology in the classrooms that we forget a very important, key ingredient to a child's success; a great teacher. With or without technology, students should still be provide with a rich learning environment that is created by their teacher. I LOVE the questions that are posed in this blog. The questions that stick out to me are: what is the child's need and what is the best way to ensure that everyone of the child's needs are met? Without knowing those answers, how can we ensure success in every child that we come in contact with. We have to remember that technology changes, but a great teacher is forever. 

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School and technology

This is an introduction to dealing with technology in the classroom. - created at http://goanimate.com/
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We cannot become so heavily dependent on technology where we become paralized when it is absent. I have seen time and time again teachers who do not know what to do because an overhead projector was not working or the switches to the projector screen were not working. I have had teachers cancel class because a piece of electronic that they wanted to use was not working that day. On the students end, this may not seem like a problem, but children are missing valuable learning time because of issues such as these. While it is good to integrate technology in the classroom, it should not be the only source. 

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Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome. | CTQ

Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome. | CTQ | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Other than computers, I did not feel that technology should be used in the classroom. I saw it as a big distration. Especially, the use of ipads and little, individual gadgets. After my EDCI280 class this past tuesday, my whole view about technology changed. You see, I was being very narrow-minded. I could not see how else technology could be used in a classroom setting, other than to research, or to be another source for distractions. After brainstorming with my group members, I realized that technology could open up another world that we did not have access to before...if used correctly. The post above is a good example of some of the things we discussed in class that day.

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