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Integrating Technology

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Integrating Technology

For more than two centuries, schools have used printed paper materials such as textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias to educate students, but today learning resources are reaching a limitless realm. Participatory learning and Literacy 2.0 has introduced a plethora of new teaching opportunities for educators: multi-media presentations, computers, streaming video resources and web-based collaborative lessons and units.  With emerging technological resources, students also face new challenges and opportunities. Today's world demands that students learn how to access, manage, apply, and evaluate rapidly growing banks of information.

 

The shape of the school of the future is amorphous, but most educators and observers agree that the future school will go interactive. The emphasis will be on becoming adept at the learning tools, on mastering concepts quickly, on thinking critically, on expressing oneself effectively and preparing the student for lifelong independent learning. This century will produce schools that will transform electronic information into inquiry-based methods that will change traditional approaches of educating the individual. Integrated technology linking the highways of knowledge will become essential for effective schools of the future.


 


This newly developed technology-based learning must provide students with a wide range of expanded opportunities from the basics to the complex. The school’s technology curriculum should address Literacy 2.0, digital storytelling, collaborative culture and computer ethics as well as word processing, database use, graphics, and data analysis. It must give students experience in social networking as well as accessing and organizing information for future use. "Teachers must work together to ensure that every young person has access to the skills and experiences needed to become a full participant, can articulate their understanding of how media shapes perceptions, and has been socialized into the emerging ethical standards that should shape their practices as media makers and participants in online communities. In order to meet these objectives, teachers should begin to build units of study that merge traditional learning with Web 2.0 learning. "1

 

 


Google Applications and Tools for Educators

"Teachers at all levels are expected to be on the cutting edge of technology and Internet education, despite the level of technical or computer training they’ve received. But with these Google applications and tools, creating websites, collaborating with students and other teachers in real-time over the Internet, and staying organized through your cell phone has become a quick and easy way to bring technology to students, find more relevant information from specialized search engines and utilize multimedia tools to make learning more fun and a teacher’s job just a little bit less hectic."


Kevin Honeycutt: Roadblocks to Technology


Personalized Learning

The Personalized Learning model is fast becoming recognized as the most flexible, multi-faceted, and individualized approach to learning in education today. Watch video of 7th grade student using technology to create her own personal learning environment.

 

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 Video by Mike King on Technology Planning 

 

 


 


Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum

 

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