More About Technology

This first article portrays a list of ideas to engage 21st century learners. I think this is a great graphic to use in a classroom in order to make sure you are always hitting these points in the classroom and providing effective instruction to your students. The first tip is being able to grab your students attention. I think this is important because what other way than to makes sure your students are excited to learn in your classroom? The next is getting students to think and in this stage you can allow students to provide questions or feedback to the beginning of the lesson. Then information should be broken down into bite sized chunks so students are not overwhelmed. I think this can relate to directly to technology instruction in an important way. If you are trying to give students directions on using a new website, you need to make sure it is step by step so they aren’t overwhelmed or confused on what they are supposed to be doing. Fourth is to check learner knowledge throughout the course. Ensure students are able to connect the pertinent information to real life or other situations they may encounter. Bring e-learning to life and have students tell stories relating the information to what they know in real life. Formative assessment comes next to ensure students understand what they’re learning and provide information for those gaps. Use tools to deliver responsive e-learning tools that students can access on their tablets or phones. Finally, get the right blend with different way to assess students in order to break up the repetitive learning. This can be done with multiple tools such as Poll Everywhere in order to create an engaging lessons without boring students. This is a great graphic to keep in classrooms.

This next article talks about ways to engage students through math practice apps ad is directed towards elementary students. These are all able to be accessed for free and can be leveled for students depending on their level. It is similar to the Prodigy Game we accessed in class with Lynn. I found the Everyday Math app to be useful since I know this curriculum is used in classrooms across the state. I myself grew up on it and if students are being exposed to that in their classroom, why not work on it at home as well? The nice think about this website is that the apps are based on different concepts and skills such as fractions, multiplication, division, basic facts, and flashcards.

This last tweet provides a link to an article about annotating and grading Google Drive files. I know a teacher who uses google classroom for her students so I think this article is very helpful. This article also discusses Chalkup where Google Drive can be utilized alongside it. There are ways to annotate and manage a classroom with intuitive mark-up tools. There are also interactive ways to post discussions and distribute announcements. With the constant growing trend of technology in the classroom, I think it’s beneficial that teachers learn how to utilize these various website to eliminate waste and provide new and effective ways to engage their students. This, among many other tools is free for teachers to use. By proving these websites at a professional development workshop, there can be a commonality used among the teachers in a district.


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