As an educator embarking on this journey to become a technology facilitator, I wondered about how technology use has changed and evolved over time. I feel that every teacher has the opportunity to infuse the use of technology (read: facilitate) into their curriculum in many ways. Are you the teacher still grasping on to old technologies when newer, more efficient ways of engaging students is at your fingertips? Take a look at “Then vs Now: How Technology in Schools Has Changed Over Time.”
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Is your level of technology proficiency tied to the way teachers incorporated technology in the 1930’s (via movies and television shows)? Even if you use a big, fancy interactive whiteboard, are you using it to its full potential, or are you using it to replace a film projector, overhead projector, or TV screen? Is your interactive whiteboard just a high tech replacement for the standard whiteboard introduced in the 1960’s or worse…the chalkboard, invented in 1801?
According to Masterofartsinteaching.net, computers for student use became prolific in classrooms in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. SMART boards came about in 1999. Kids were using games for learning on classroom computers in 1985. As educators, we shouldn’t be using technology the same way they did 15-30 YEARS AGO. You. Must. GROW!
So how is technology being used?
(Find more at How Are Students Really Using Mobile Devices on Daily Genius by Katie Dunn)
Through the use of technology we have the opportunity to engage learners in new ways. We can use the technology available in its most basic ways OR we can make it work for us and our learners. How are you using your interactive whiteboard? Do you need ideas? Here are ways to use technology available in classrooms across the country for more than their most basic capabilities.
Here are a few places to get great ideas for taking technology use, in your classroom, to new heights:
- Interactive Whiteboard Success Tips by We Are Teachers
- Creative Ways to Use Your Interactive Whiteboard by National Education Association
- Fantastic Google Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! by Kasey Bell (Specifically, Kasey’s presentation: Confessions of a Chrome Addict is an EXCELLENT resource)
- Google Classroom by Alice Keeler has a ton of resources for how to use Google Classroom with students. She also writes extensively on using technology (especially Google-based products) with your students.