Innovative Uses of Technology (Teacher Responsibilities: (Remains educated…
Innovative Uses of Technology
Definition: Using educational technology in a way that challenges students to think critically, enhance creativity, collaborate with others, while practicing 21st century skills.
Advantages & Limitations
Using technology in innovative ways in the classroom helps to create a climate of learning in which students are in control of their learning, and are able to take on a roll of critical thinker and problem solver.
The teacher is able to take the role of a "guide on the side," as students access information through technology.
Teachers must be properly prepared/educated to teach students how to use certain educational technologies, they must also be tech savvy in order to avoid and fix any issues that may come up as students work online.
Teachers must become reflective about their teaching practices, making choices about instruction that are best for the students in the long run, not just easiest for the teacher in the short term.
Strong wireless infrastructure.
Easily available tech support throughout the school day.
Provide devices with which to access the internet.
Readily available professional development
Provides opportunities for team collaboration on tech related issues.
Remains educated and updated on new and emerging educational technology related to grade level and subject area taught.
Creates lesson plans that incorporate technology in a way that increases student collaboration and critical thinking.
Communicates with staff about successes and setbacks, as well as brainstorms ways to improve implementation
Familiar with technology standards and how to incorporate them throughout subject area lessons.
Strives to become more and more tech savvy in order to reduce incidences of lost instructional time while using educational technology.
Maintains positive outlook toward using innovative technology in the classroom. Has an evolution mentality, slowly incorporating innovative technology into classroom instruction where appropriate.
How it differs from traditional ways of teaching & learning
More student focused, less teacher focused
Requires the teacher to relinquish some control.
Students are required to think critically, and be creative, not just memorize facts.
Requires increased student responsibility and accountability
How it hinders or enhances learning for teachers, students and parents
Highlight: Teachers can use technology to help create a more efficient classroom environment that focuses on student output rather than teacher input.
Challenge: Teachers must continually be willing to learn about new technology and how to incorporate technology into teaching to best serve students' needs.
Highlight: Students are able to practice real world 21st century skills which will serve them well into higher education and their careers as they build problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students also experience increased engagement.
Challenge: Students must be willing to learn about and try new technology resources. They must be willing to think about learning in a new way.
Highlight: The more students work online the more transparent student progress becomes. Teachers are able to quickly share progress, updates, grades, etc., online with parents.
Challenge: Students are learning in a way that may be different than parents experienced. This may leave parents feeling unprepared to support their child in their learning.