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K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

It is amazing how educators

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It is amazing how educators are often left to their own devices to figure things out. It doesn't make it right. From my experience talking with teachers, continual support is something everyone wants, but not many people get.

Kindergarten teacher from Minnesota

I think that there are so

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I think that there are so many times that teachers are given training on a device before they even know anything about it. Then they are able to test it out and can remember some things that they learned, but have a whole bunch of new questions to go along with it. I agree that we need to go back and see how things are going in order to effectively use the technology that we have. There are so many times that we are given a training and its really up to us what we take from it. I would like to see additional trainings after we have had the time to tinker with it ourselves. There are so many great resources but if you don't know what to do with them, you aren't doing any justice to yourself or your students.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

That is such a great point,

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That is such a great point, Jen. Sometimes we can't have questions until we actually begin to get our 'hands dirty' with a tool or new resource.

Kidnergarten Teacher

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I am working in a school district that has been able to update technology. I think I catch on quickly when it comes to training and technology, but I think it would be nice to have a follow-up with the experts. Now that I have been working with the tools, I would like to ask more questions that I was not ready for when the training happened.

Veteran teacher/graduate student from Texas

When I taught at a small

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When I taught at a small private school, a generous family donated computers and networking capabilities to the 1st-6th grade building. The desktops were set up, cables installed...and we got one day of training. I stayed after school till 5 or 6 p.m. many days, teaching myself how to search for kid-friendly sites, learn to set up my gradebook...and how to reboot the computer when it crashed! Other teachers were timid with their computers..very frustrating...

Veteran teacher/graduate student from Texas

Agree with Charlie...too many

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Agree with Charlie...too many times I've sat in a crowded room with 20 or more other teachers, and there's one presenter, one laptop, one projector...very frustrating!! Training needs to be done in small groups, in a COMPUTER LAB...

Parent of 2 college students in Atlanta, supporter of schools through tech

Free Training and Lesson Templates

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Hi Renee,
Work with teachers in similar situations all the time. Here are a couple of links that will get you going and mastering your SMART board in no time at all.
http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html#tab=0
https://smarttech.com/Home%20Page/Resources/Training/Training%20Search%2...

Hope this helps

Fifth grade teacher, Tennessee

I so agree! Teachers on a

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I so agree! Teachers on a faculty have different comfort zones and abilities when it comes to technology. It gets so frustrating when someone tries to teach a faculty how to use a new tool- it should either be done individually or in groups based on comfort zone/ability.
This will be the first year for me to have a Smartboard in my classroom and I know it will take me a lot of "playing" to figure it all out. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the chart of Do's and Don'ts- I think you nailed it.

9-12 Language Arts

Technology In Need

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Our school administrators and technology staff do a fantastic job assisting teachers with the updated computers and software. However, the most frustrating part about dealing with technology that I have experienced is the lack of it in our school. There never seems to be enough funds to purchase updated software. Of course, there are never enough computers either. I also realize that this is a common problem in many districts around the country.
I feel that technology is a key component to the success of our future leaders. If we do not keep up with it, our students will pay the price.
I teach English classes and have little access to school computers because there are too few of them and they are shared with the rest of the school. I need my own classroom computers! Would anyone have any suggestions for me?
I appreciate this blog because it addresses the dos and don'ts of integrating technology into 21st century classrooms. I am eager to learn new teaching strategies with the help of technology. I only hope that there will be enough of it to go around so that all students and teachers can get the exposure required in order for it to be effective.

Kindergarten Teacher - Grad Student

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Mary, great blog on the do’s and don’ts of technology integration. I teach kindergarten and have often felt the anxiety of having to integrate a new tool into my classroom with little to no training. I can imagine how horrifying it must be for the students to be tested on a subject which they have never been taught about. We need time and the proper training to learn how to maneuver these awesome resources. You mentioned the strategy of “pairing teachers up with colleagues who are farther along the path or even at the same place to share ideas and successes and support each other.” That is something I think would also work in the classroom when introducing the students to a new activities and high tech devices. Thanks for your input and for giving us such a great visual on the right and wrong ways of integrating technology.

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