When I started my doctoral program, I knew I would have to be away from class for several weeks during the school year. I have never really liked the results I get with substitute teachers, even though I have been one and understand their problems all too well. I needed to do things differently.
You're going to think this is outrageous thinking from someone affiliated with The George Lucas Educational Foundation: I believe too many people are thinking about technology first and learning second.
More than twenty states now have statewide online-education initiatives, primarily virtual high school courses. As more states see online classes as a way to provide access to curriculum, it's even more critical that we look closely at the quality of the various offerings.
Katherine Parr, one of my students in a Lesley University course I recently taught in Reno, Nevada, has graciously agreed to let me share her posting on a discussion-board thread about chapter 2 of Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age, the textbook I required the students use for the course.
Before an innovation such as integrating technology into the curriculum can be successfully implemented, there must be a clear vision. This vision must be shared with all stakeholders. So, how do you go about creating that vision?
Do you use a digital camera in your classroom? I bet you have access to one, either one that the school owns, or your own. And I don't mean using it for special events like field trips or culminating activities, but really for the day-to-day. You see, I believe digital imagery in the classroom is an underused tool, and that there are some really easy and effective ways to step it up!