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Now that technology has become so prevalent in our schools it is so tempting to let our students bring their own devices to the classroom.
Unfortunately it most often gets in the way of learning especially when the students don't have clear rules for technology use in the classroom with real consequences.
Even though my school has students sign a special form describing the rules, I have on several occasions caught the students "drifting" away to other more…Continue
There is so many different technologies out to help students understand different types of curriculum. However, how do we know what is the best technology out there for their students? The best way to pick a product is to keep yourself organized by setting goals for technology use, specifying the requirements for use, locating promising resources, reading reviews, and getting recommendations from others, and evaluating the resources to determine whether they are suitable for your…Continue
Aside from the choices a school must make with regards to the hardware and software, there is also the question of how to lay out the actual computer work stations. Most In the schools that I have seen or taught in have done it the conventional way. This is to have the computer work stations placed on the outer perimeter of the room. This way the instructor is able to view the monitors. However, the disadvantage is that when the teacher is giving instruction, the students are…Continue
STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!
As an assistant to the Director of Technology, a Computer Teacher and Educational Technology Coordinator, I see technology issues from both the user side and the tech support side, and I have been on both sides too. Sometimes even with the best intentions and advice the best course of action is to step away. This way more damage isn’t done and tech support can resolve the issues. With the infusion of…Continue