Helping Educators Get Started with Educational Technology
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February 7, 2012 By: David Andrade
Edudemic has a great article entitled "The Must-Have Guide To Helping Technophobic Teachers". It explores ways to help non-tech savvy teachers get started using educational technology to improve teaching and learning. It has some great tips and points.
Over 2 years ago, I wrote an article entitled "Getting Started with Educational Technology" that also offered tips and ideas on how teachers could get started using educational technology successfully.
Many teachers are afraid of new technology, set in their ways, or just overwhelmed with what is out there. Those of us that use educational technology on a regular basis need to help them use it based on their needs.
Find out what they want to do and then share a technology resource that can help them do that. Show them how to use it, and then provide support for them as they implement it.
Share online sites (like Tech&Learning
), blogs and other resources that can help them.
Start off with one or two tech's at a time so that they don't get overwhelmed.
Educational Technology can engage students, expose them to new things, allow them to do different things, get teachers and students organized, differentiate teaching, learning and assessment, improve communications and so much more.
How do you help newbies to tech get started?
10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have (and every educator too!)
My Favorite Resources for Students and Teachers
The How's, Why's and Value of Educational Technology
Discovery Education Web 20.11 - great ideas and tips for getting started with Ed Tech
Cross posted atEducational Technology Guy and viaTwitter.
David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut. He is the author of theEducational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education.
He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council.
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