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I also love the idea of

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I also love the idea of trying one new thing a week. Start small and build a habit out of innovation. Break up a big project into smaller steps. I do that a lot for the projects I work on. They all seem so much more manageable when seen as a series of discrete steps.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

I think your "start small"

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I think your "start small" tips are awesome. Trying one new thing a week is manageable and not overwhelming. It also doesn't always have to be centered around tech. Try a new way to teach something or organize or even grade papers -- whatever it may be don't settle for "this is the way I've always done it and it's good enough." :)

Also love the point about trying out one thing at a time. Take the time to see if the new tech tool really helps with your learning objectives or it is just cool? It's important to look strategically about the tech you choose to use and constantly evaluate it.

Great post Adam -- you continue to inspire so many educators.

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This list is really practical, thank you! I love the idea of trying one new thing a week. Since web tools and apps are evolving rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to try to stay "current". By setting a goal of one new tool each week, the technology integration process feels manageable.

I am also a firm believer in the benefits of collaboration, and I think this can lend itself to professional development as well. When we shut our doors and "do our own thing" we miss out on a process of discussion and reflection - two things I think can really help move education towards reaching 21st Century Goals.

Middle school teacher for students with multiple disabilities from Ohio

Technology... exciting but overwhelming!

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This post struck a chord with me in regards to being overwhelmed by technology. I also appreciated the fact that it stressed the importance of professional development and being a life-long learner. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Educational Technology. This week, my grad class discussed the importance of being part of local and global communities. As a teacher for students with significant cognitive, medical, and physical disabilities, there are times when I definitely feel like a "loner" in my school building. There is no other class that services students like mine, so sometimes collaboration can be difficult. Technology, however, has been the one thing that seems to connect me to the other teachers in my building. There is always something new to learn from them, and they in turn enjoy seeing how I implement technology within my classroom. It has been a binding force - and very exciting - especially since there has been a push for technology integration within our district (and the new computers, iPads, and Smartboards definitely helped!)

However, I do tend to get overwhelmed by technology, as awesome as it is. Sharing with colleagues and grad school classmates, along with exploring the wealth on online knowledge, boggles my mind with new ideas to implement. I love how this post mentioned starting small. I definitely need to keep this in mind. Whether it is one Smartboard activity, or a new iPad app, it's ok to just try one thing a day!

I am so excited to see where technology takes education over the next few years. The impact it has made on my student's lives in just the first month of school has been amazing. It motivates and engages my students like nothing else can. Thank you for the advice, ideas, and strategies!

Retired USAF Colonel & Superintendent of Schools, Consultant

Having started on the

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Having started on the Internet before it was invented I am always interested in what individuals think is the best way to use technology or implement it's use.

I had at my finger tips more technology in 1968 than exists in any school district today. That is sad. But even more disterbing is the belief it is a silver bullet. If there is a potential silver bullett it is understanding and using the vast amount of information on how a brain works. To do this you must step outside the box and learn as much as you can about the world of neuro science.
Technology is just a tool. Using technology is a skill and recognizing that it suplements good teaching is wisdom.

International Educator, Certified by the NBPTS | Educational Leader, Licens

It's okay to not know all the answers...

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Fear is real. Many teacher fear the incorporation of technology because they are afraid that they may not know all the answers to students' questions.

A little secret (that I don't tell my students): I don't know how to make an iMovie. However, I "teach" my students to make iMovies right away as a part of teaching visual literacy. See http://expateducator.com/2011/09/05/visual-literacy-teaching-students-ho... .

How do I do it? First, I tell students about the little "Help" box at the top of the screen. Most questions can be answered there. Second, I set up a board of student experts. If a questions can't be answered using the "help" box, students then search for a classmate with the answer. Third, I have an amazing teaching partner who can trouble-shoot emergencies. I rarely call on him, though.

MY role is to help student view their work critically. What is the purpose? To what extent does the content achieve that purpose? Who is your audience? Will the audience be clear on your purpose?

I'll never be able to keep up with the kids' tech-savvy-ness. However, I can help them distinguish quality work, challenge them to critically analyze what they see, and reinforce the responsibilities of digital citizenship. I think ALL teacher can do that.

Janet | expateducator.com

Teacher

Collaboration

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I'd highly recommend Wikispaces as a free collaboration tool! Besides all the great wiki aspects which can be collaborative. They have a discussion tab for each page and have recently added a projects option.

Create a free Educator wiki here:
http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers

Check this page out for how others are using wikis (many collaboratively):
http://balancedtech.wikispaces.com/Wikid+Wide+Walls

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