When is Technology the Answer? - Tech Learning

When is Technology the Answer?

Tip: As technology coaches, we encourage teachers to use technology. However, sometimes teachers end up using technology when there are more appropriate types of resources. How do you help them decide when technology is the answer? Do an assessment of the teacher’s level of proficiency. Review the inventory of
Author:
Publish date:

Tip:
As technology coaches, we encourage teachers to use technology. However, sometimes teachers end up using technology when there are more appropriate types of resources. How do you help them decide when technology is the answer?

  • Do an assessment of the teacher’s level of proficiency.
  • Review the inventory of resources available.
  • Map the curriculum and existing units.
  • Analyze student data and samples of student work.
  • Meet with the teachers to determine where there are gaps in learning.
  • Develop a lesson that fills the gap and improves student learning.

Maybe 3rd grade students should not go online to read a book. I really like children reading real books. What I suggest:

  • Create a writing activity that has students using a word processor or presentation program.
  • Start a book review database.
  • If the author is living, set up an author chat.
  • Find age appropriate websites or create your own.

Textbook companies are providing entire curriculum materials including websites. You might find secondary students have the ability to create their own activities that extend the curriculum such as Jeopardy games, content websites, or video productions.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

Featured

Related

Image placeholder title

The Answer Is …

By Ellen Ullman Clickers. Audio response systems. Student response systems (SRSs). Whatever you call them, wireless response systems, which allow students to answer questions by means of handheld response pads, are the answer to some teachers’ prayers. SRSs take the

Is More Testing the Answer?

from Technology & Learning What are experienced districts saying about the keys to successful differentiated instruction? The answers may surprise you. Testing students once a year, with data reported many months later, is like using an autopsy to determine how to help a patient, says Cindy Ambrose, chief

Technology and Management Concerns

Tip: When teachers start integrating technology into their curriculum or using it for their own personal use, they may have problems organizing files and folders or knowing what to do if there are troubleshooting problems. As their professional developer, you can alleviate some of their concerns by: Developing a

Protecting Student Identity when Blogging

Several of my upper elementary grade teachers are interested in using blogs for student writing prompts. I’m concerned about students using a tool that requires a name when making comments. Is there an easy way to protect their identities when they post? Yes, there is. I’ve noticed that several teachers

New Teachers Struggling with Technology Integration?

I am not surprised when veteran teachers are uncomfortable using technology in instruction, but I see that new teachers are struggling as well. I thought this generation grew up as technology users. Why don’t I see more effective integration in their classrooms? Younger teachers may have personal proficiency

When learning is done well, the technology becomes transparent

 Today was our last day in Australia, and we are exhausted. Our feet and legs are tired from walking, and our brains are tired from taking in and processing so much information.   We're tired but we're satisfied with how we've spent this time -- giving lots of people in lots of schools lots ideas for how to utilize the features of our site and bring 21st century concepts into the classroom.

Why Plan When No Technology Is Available?

My district is requiring every site to include a technology component in next year's school plan. We currently have almost no technology on site and frankly, with the budget cuts we're facing, I don't see this situation changing any time soon. What's the point in forcing us to include something we don't