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August 31, 2011
Your goals: a)
I want to feel confident when my kids start talking about the Internet
I want to learn how to use the Internet to find teacher materials
I want to “sprinkle” the Internet throughout my curriculum
How do we start?
1. a) b) c) d)
Start with the end in mind What is my intention with technology use What do I want the end result to be Is the focus going to be on technology skills or production What end result so I wish to facilitate
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Your students goals: a)
I want my students to treat the Internet as a tool, a toy
I want my students to use the Internet as a publishing tool
I want my students to learn how to use the Internet as a research tool
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Look at your current curriculum units with an eye towards what may have been lacking
Do students come out of the unit knowing enough information?
Are the students actively engaged?
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Four mistakes educators make when integrating technology into instruction Technology should never be the lead actor in the play. It should always be the supporting actor for good instruction. For example, if you are using cell phones in class, don't say to students, “Today we are going to do a cell phone activity”. Instead, you should say, “Today we are going to compare and contrast…”
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Here are four critical mistakes that teachers make when integrating technology into instruction. 1. Becoming Masters of Technology. Thinking you have to master the technology before allowing students to use it. You do not have to be an expert with the technology before you allow students to use it (this is often just an excuse not to use the technology). Students will happily assist you. 2. Being afraid that you will “break” the technology. Sure hardware can be broken if not taken care of properly. However, for the most part it is difficult to break something that is on the Internet—Web 2.0 tools. You are not going to break the technology. 3. Thinking too big. Every student in your class does not have to do the same thing at the same time. Differentiate. Use small groups. Assign a project that can be completed outside of class. For example, students could be assigned a book report where they use Animoto to create a commercial that summarizes the book. Students can email the final product to you. Another idea is to consider soliciting help from another staff member or parent to help in the computer lab instead of going it alone with 25 students and 25 computers.
4. Not identifying the purpose. Sometimes we use technology for the sake of using technology (bringing the WOW factor into the classroom). The WOW factor does allow educators to leverage novelty to engage students. The problem with this is, many times we miss a real opportunity to develop technology integration pedagogy and teach 21st century skills. For example, if you have students work in groups to produce a Google Doc, I would think the purpose of that activity is not just to have students use a Google Doc to complete an assignment. The purpose should be to have students communicate, collaborate st and think critically (three of the four Cs of 21 century skills communicate, collaborate, create and critically think).
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