Integrating Technology

I want teaching to be more effective, engaging, meaningful.  Technology can be a very useful tool in that process.  It’s not a magic cure, nor is it about teaching technology for technology’s sake (unless it’s a technology class).  It’s about looking at all of our options and finding the best way to help students learn.

Common Core Standards require that students work collaboratively and regularly publish their work.  Both of these requirements are actually really easy to work into lessons that involve technology.  I recently saw a great example of combining student WordPress Blogs (obviously I’m a fan) and Edmodo (another component that I’m a fan of).  The teacher put the RSS feeds of the student blogs onto the class Edmodo page so as students published their writing, classmates could comment and offer ways to improve the writing piece.  Doing this through Edmodo offered a secure, private place for constructive criticism to take place on a public piece of writing.

Examples like that are what I look for and what I hope to share.  Technology is not a one-size-fits-all approach.  There are too many factors that play into how a teacher works in his/her classroom.  What works in a literature class might not make sense in a creative writing class, regardless of the fact that they’re both Language Arts classes, let alone the differences between high school and elementary school.  Using technology is no longer an option, but what gets used and how it gets used is still wide open.  Hopefully, I can provide educators find options that can work with their own style.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~Theodore Roosevelt

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