A few times a year, I get the opportunity to visit classrooms and talk with students about how they use technology in the classroom. My most recent trip was to a middle school in Madison, Wisconsin. The students were excited to talk about their projects and share the technology that they have been using.
As I walked down the hallway at lunch time and peered into classrooms, I was surprised by what I saw (or didn’t see). The majority of students were not using technology. Not one student was using a tablet or laptop. Most students were reading books. Some students were working on homework in small groups or playing games with their friends at recess. There didn’t seem to be any obvious pattern to which students had access to devices and which did not.
The following week, I conducted interviews with teachers and administrators at the school. What I learned is that there is no standardized policy for how teachers incorporate technology into their lesson plans. There are several different models for implementing technology in different grade levels, subject areas, departments, and budgets. When asked about expanding access to devices for all students in the district, one administrator said, “We don’t need more devices for students if teachers aren’t ready for it. We can
This blog is a record of my thoughts, ideas, comments and questions about teaching in the digital age. I am a teacher librarian and am interested in how students use technology. I have taught in the U.S., Singapore and Australia and have found that there are many ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, especially when teaching the younger set. This is a discussion of the possibilities but also some areas to consider when teaching with digital tools.
I hope you find this blog useful, informative and fun.
Technology is a big part of today’s education. As educators, we want to know what our students are learning and how we can help them learn better. I believe that technology is a valuable tool to use in the classroom, but I am wondering how it is affecting my students’ learning.
As an educator, I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching skills and how to make my lessons more engaging for my students. I want to find out how to use technology in the classroom and how it affects their learning experience so I can be a better teacher. If you are interested in this topic and would like to learn more about using technology in the classroom, you should read this blog post because it will give you an insight into what students say about using technology in classrooms.
You will find out which types of technology they use most often and why they prefer certain types over others. You will also discover what they like about using technology in the classroom and how it impacts their learning experience.
Technology is advancing so quickly that many teachers have a hard time keeping up with the latest and greatest gadgets. The EdTech blog shares what’s new in educational technology, as well as provides tips on how to incorporate technology into the classroom. If you’re looking for advice on how to use iPads, blogs or other technology in the classroom, this is the place to go.
Students and teachers are using technology in the classroom at an alarming rate. The use of technology is ever growing and it is changing the way that students and teachers interact with each other. A statistic from 2013 estimated that 67% of teachers reported that digital tools motivate students to learn more, while only 28% of teachers said they believe they themselves are very well prepared to use digital tools (Pew Research Center).
There are many ways to incorporate the use of technology in the classroom, but these uses have varied implications for instruction.
A study done by Pew Research Center found that 76% of high school teachers say that digital technologies have had a “mostly positive” impact on students’ ability to access resources, while only 37% of these same teachers say this has impacted their ability to research topics more efficiently or effectively. However, even with these results, many classrooms do not allow for open internet access during class time.
In the fall of 2012, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project conducted a nationally representative survey of 4,917 teachers to find out how they use technology in the classroom, what their attitudes toward it are, and what their needs and challenges are when it comes to using technology for instruction. We also surveyed 2,462 middle and high school students about what technologies they use for schoolwork and how they use them.
By Madison Van Oort
EdTech is becoming a more prevalent resource in classrooms, as it has become a necessity in the modern day classroom. From smartboards to online lectures, students are able to learn and create in new ways. But are teachers incorporating these technologies into their lessons effectively? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of using EdTech in the classroom?
In its simplest form, EdTech is the integration of technology into education. Students have become accustomed to using technological devices on a daily basis for social media, entertainment, and even school work. It is important that we use these devices to our advantage, by engaging students through technology.
Smartboards are a great example of an educational tool that fosters student engagement. Smartboards allow teachers to create lessons with interactive activities and videos which makes learning more fun and engaging for students. Through the use of smartboards, teachers can also actively track student participation by seeing who is completing assignments or answering questions. This allows students to learn at their own pace and gives them a better opportunity to learn the material in the way that works best for them.
Many schools now offer online lectures that students can view outside of class hours if they need extra help or missed class due to absences. Online lectures allow students to pause and