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11 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | Teacher's Lounge Blog | Really Good Stuff®

11 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | Teacher's Lounge Blog | Really Good Stuff® | technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more mainstream than ever.  From using it as a way to gain resources and inspiration for lessons to leve
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This is a blog that discusses 11 ways to use technology in the calssroom. The first thing is to use the BrainPop videos. Another tip they give is to keep up with your own professional development online (you can even do it in your pajamas!). It suggests using a blog. ON the blog students can post questions, talk about news within the school and out and even talk about what's going on at home and big events within their families. The last thing is to use dropbox and GoogleDocs.

 

I think these tips are great. I used to watch the brainpop videos in high school and always learned from them. I loved the idea of a blog. It gives teachers another way to connect with their students. Connections with students is extrememly important. Using GoogleDocs and dropbox is a great way to help illiminate loosing files or computers crashing. It takes away an excuse from students. I love blogs like these. I can't wait to become a teacher and spend all my time on blogs getting new ideas. 

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It's All in the Thumbs: What David Hockney Can Teach Schools About Technology

It's All in the Thumbs: What David Hockney Can Teach Schools About Technology | technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
David Hockney's exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco is awe inspiring, jaw dropping and a tribute to what is possible with a phone or tablet. His imagination is boundless, providing the vie
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This is an article from edutopia, a education news website. It talks about the art exhibit David Hockney has that is about technology. It also discusses how his exhibit can inspire educators to use technology in the classroom. A few of his ideas were really cool. To learn new vocabulary, teachers can create instagram pages and students can post pictures of the meaning of words they have difficulty with. Then all the students in the class will learn that word. A pinterest page can help students share information they learn about any topic the teacher wants. It could also create a fun way for students to suggest lesson plan ideas to their teacher. 

 

I thought this was a really cool article. It was a different view on technology. This article was more about how to use the apps and features that the students already use in an academic way. It uses the apps that students already have on their phones and love to use. I think it is a really creative way to capture student interest. In high school, one of my teachers had a twitter and it was extremely helpful. When people had question they would tweet him and when he responded the whole class could see it and we would all learn something. 

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Cons of Tech in the Classroom - YouTube

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This is a video that lists some cons of having technology in the clasrrom. I included it because I wanted to have an opposing view. I had a lot of trouble finding things that were not in favor of technology in education. Many articles agree that it needs to be used productively, but that it can be a great thing. This video seems poorly put together and has no credible sources. It just goes to show that these reasons are probably not good reasons to keep technology out of the classroom. 

The five reasons they list are:

1) Children can become too dependent on technology

2) Technology can be very public

3) Technology dependency can diminish social skills

4) Technology can be expensive

5) Technology is a big distraction for kids

 

While some of these have validity I think that they can al be fixed. I don't think any of these reasons are big enough to keep technology out of the classroom. All five are easy to avoid. Children won't become dependent if technology is integrated in doses. Technology can be public, but there are hundreds of ways to control privacy settings. technology can be expensive, but if the school's budget allows for it then it is worth it. And lastly, there are many ways to block distracting websites and apps that kids would use for unproductive activities. I don't agree with this video and it's lack of credibility goes to show that technology can be a great thing in the classroom. 

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic | technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
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This article gives tips on how to better use Ipads in schools. the five major mistakes are: 

1)focusing on content apps

2) lack of teacher prepartion in classroom managment of ipads

3) treating the ipad as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop

4) treating ipads like multi-user devices

5) failure to communicate a compelling answer to "why ipads?"

The article gives suggestionson how to fix these mistakes. There are many apps that aren't directly meant ofr education that can be used in the classroom. Such as a voice recording app for language classes. Teachers need to be prepared for class and know how to use the ipads themselves. This way when students have difficulties, they can help trouble-shoot. an ipad is not a computer, so it has different capabilities. It is important to remember that it can do cool things such as take pictures and videos, create multimedia stories, take notes in your own handwriting, and so much more. ipads were not intended to be used by more than one person. If the budget doesn't allow for each student to have their own ipad, they will probably not be a useful tool. Lastly it is important for the teachers to understand why they are necessary. they need to be able to explain to parents and administrators why they are being helpful. 

 

I thought this article was very informative and well thought out. When I worked in a fifth grade classroom two years ago, they had Ipads. I agree with most of what the article said. While Ipads can be a huge assets to the calssroom, they need to be used properly. The teacher I was working with was very good at preaparing and finding cool apps. The students loved them and I think it really enhanced their learning. 

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5 Tips and Tricks for the SmartBoard - YouTube

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This is a video that explains some easy way to prepare SMARTboard lessons. It starts talking about how to find pictures and how to use the magic pen with them. It teaches you how to spotlight and zoom in. It also shows you how to put pictures you use often in a convenient folder where they are easy to access. Then the video teaches you how to open or print word documents on the SMARTboard. This allows you to mark up the document on the board as you go over things with the class. It also teaches a cool trick; you can circle evrything with the eraser then tap the middle and everything you circled will be erased. 

 

I thought this video was great. More and more calssrooms are getting SMARTboards. Videos like this are always helpful. I love that the people in the teaching world are always so willing to hand out tips and help each other out. My cooporating teacher has a SMARTboard in her room and I forwarded this video to her. She loved it and thought it was very helpful. I think SMARTboards are great resources when used correctly. 

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Google Launches Virtual Field Trip Program For Teachers

Google Launches Virtual Field Trip Program For Teachers | technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
Teachers and students aren't limited to what's in the classroom as Google offers new tools to bridge them to people and resources elsewhere.
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This article talks about a ne program that allows teachers to go on virtual field trips. All of the major companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple etc. are trying to be the first to come up with great ways to include technology in classrooms. Google just launched this new virtual field trip program. As of right now over 20 organizations, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Geographic Education, are alleady partnered and ready to go. Teachers can log on to their Google+ account and have access to all kinds of places that might be too far or not economically feasible to actually visit.

 

I think this is an awesome concept. While I went on many field trips in my school career, I could have benefitted from more. Field trips are a great way to apply knowledge. Having access to museums accross the country through the computer is fantastic. It will allow so many more students to experience things somewhat hands on.

 

The article also talks about how the three major technology companies are competing to be the biggest name in education technology. This means that more and more resources will be created in the coming years. It also means prices will stay low for the education world because there is immesnse competition. 

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Digital Kindergarten: Search results for word wizard

Digital Kindergarten: Search results for word wizard | technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
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This is a blog form a Kindergarten teacher. She goes through a bunch of different apps that are helpful to teaching. she gives recommendations for students with ipads and for teachers with ipads. she also discusses how in order to use an app for her classroom it must meet her definition of a teaching tool. so of these criteria are it saves time, motivates reluctant learners, easy to use, will tell students answer is incorrect but not give the correct answer and makes learning fun. she also goes through her experience using them in her classroom. 

 

I think it's great that she looks into apps and spends time finding ways to inhance her classroom. Although it's from a few years ago, the apps still seem great. I think blogs like this are super helpful for other teachers and a great resource to keep in mind when we start teaching. i hope to incorporate usful apps in to my classroom in the future

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