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Technology is everywhere

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Technology is everywhere anyway. And If we don't use them, whether we adults or children we will be so far behind whose who use it. I think technology in education should have a central role because without it there will be no functioning in the real world and someday just about every job out there will be technology based.

Just as technology has been

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Just as technology has been integrated into all of our lives, it's nearly impossible for it to not spread into education, as well. I think this route in education is essential - as the world's technology grows, our systems must grow with it to maintain efficiency.

A lot of Apps make it possible for teachers to further motivate and inspire their students to learn and want to learn. Definitely check out this article if you want to learn innovative methods in which to use technology in the classroom:

http://bcontext.com/blog/index.php/new-ways-to-use-ipads-in-the-classroom/

teacher, innovator and ginga

Self-Management

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An interesting question - in my class, students had to earn a "laptop license" prior to using their laptop. This involved displaying self managing behaviour within the classroom, and then writing up their own contract. The contract contained three specific behaviour indicators that would result in the license being revoked - the beauty of the approach was that it was student led and their contract was personalised.

Other approaches include clear boundaries and consequences for inappropriate use of technology and screen shots/history checks on student laptops or computers. I found that when the students were engaged in their learning, they were not interested in going off task - Vygotsky's ZPD http://www.simplypsychology.org/Zone-of-Proximal-Development.html.

Hope that helps :)

Assistant Headteacher, UK

Most people reading this blog

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Most people reading this blog will already be convinced at the 'worthiness' of technology. How do we get those less committed to 'self-manage' their own learning and training (given the shortage of funding for CPD) and access the digital resources and communites that are out there ?

High School math

Thank you for your insights.

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Thank you for your insights. I found many of your thought inspiring and they made me think. I know that as I teach my sophmore studetns that often the only way to keep them interested in the lesson is to use some kind of technology in the classroom. I find that the more technology I use in my classroom the more my students are involved in my lessons. I agree tha tthe boat of technology has sailed and that as teachers we must be on it.

9th grade English teacher

Tech Integration is Essential

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Technology has an increasing importance in education. Its purpose in the classroom is to facilitate new and interesting avenues for students to access and retain information. It also promotes collaborative working environments and allows the students to have ownership of their learning.
However, there still are naysayers when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. Some teachers feel as though technology has not significantly aided student learning. They base their opinions on standardized test scores. I have to disagree with those who oppose technology integration in the classroom. But I think this blog posting makes a valid point about teachers focusing on the needs of the students before jumping automatically to the newest or flashiest technology.
I feel as though all students need access and practice with, if nothing else, basic technology in the classroom, such as computers, in order to prepare them for the real world. It is disheartening to discover a high school aged student who has difficulty with typing or basic computer functions when the world around them is so dependent on these skills. For some, the classroom is their only chance to practice these skills and it’s our jobs as educators to familiarize our students with the necessary 21st century skills they will need to thrive at the next level.

Program Director, Educational Technology

Agreed!

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I agree with the fact that we no longer need to question the worthiness of technology integration into our classrooms. I also agree that there are too many teachers being left behind, either because they choose to be or because their school does not have the resources that are needed.

I would actually like to see the corporate world become more involved with schools by pricing themselves INTO the market, not out of it. Hardware needs replacement almost every three years. Equipment needs to be serviced regularly. Teachers need training to use the new equipment AND how to integrate technology as an instructional strategy. When I lead professional development, I try very hard to emphasize that technology is one instructional strategy, like using a movie or film strip used to be. I think most teachers get that analogy. We've always had some kind of new gadget to use. I think what is different now is the speed of innovation and I can understand that sense of being overwhelmed all the time.

Yes, its defenitely a worth

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Ofcourse, education in the traditional sense of a teacher holding a book and speaking to a class full of kids has changed. I saw an article at www.uniguru.co.in , which says Cloud computing and mobile technology are in vogue as schools and colleges cut down on expenses by using Google Apps and complete and review projects at writing tasks online with collaborative and constructive feedback. :-)

I too am appreciative of this

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I too am appreciative of this article. With the enormous effort behind integrating technology in the classroom I was beginning to wonder about the influence and motives of the powerful corporate world, and how convenient it is that teachers and administrators become their salesmen by actively promoting the use of their electronic devices. After all what a better way to sell all those glitzy, glamorous products with all the great promises of being so well-educated and socialized!

Director of preschool through 6th Facility.

I sincerely appreciate this

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I sincerely appreciate this article! I do agree with what was said throughout the article. We are living in a time where technology seems to be taking a significant stance in daily living. However, being from a small community, there are some who are reluctant to the use of technology in learning. I know some educators who refuse to get an email address. How do we penetrate the minds of people like this to get them on board before they end up too far behind?

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Bob Lenz Founder and Chief of Innovation, Envision Education, Oakland CA

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