Technology Integration is not: Taking students to the computer lab once a week for 40 minutes. Using the computer as an electronic worksheet. Using the computer as a reward station for students who are finished with their other assignments.
Technology and Pedagogy “If Technology Is the Answer, What is the question? Bates and Poole, xiii
Integrating Technology Workshops A number of workshops and articles are available that explain why it is useful for teachers to use technology in the classroom. Many workshops are easy to understand and feature lots of visual aids. The workshops show teachers and students how to use email, word processing software, and how to create blogs. Workshops also show how using technology encourages learning.
World Wide Web and Computer Education in the Classroom The web is a wonderful tool for students in the classroom. Students can use the internet to find information for a project or paper. The web also provides a place for students to create documents and files to store those files. Online games help students learn in a fun and engaging manner.
Learning with PowerPoint Presentations PowerPoint presentations let students visualize a teacher’s lecture. Adding sounds or animation to a slide show keeps students’ attention. The slideshow can help them to take notes. PowerPoint presentations are great tools for students to use when presenting projects to the class.
Using Video Clips in Presentation Have a clear goal for using a video clip or clips. Provide proper context for your clips. View the entire clip before bringing it to class and design activities to accompany the clip. Limit the length of video clips. No matter how interesting they may be or how motivated students are, video clips longer than 10 minutes may fail to hold students’ attention.
Internet Resources for all Subjects The internet if full of resources for any school subject. Students can find games and tutorials that will help them better understand classroom lessons. Teachers can use these games to keep students engaged during a lecture. The internet also allows students to communicate with and share information from other states and countries.
Email Establish rules for using email for class communication. Keep specific subject lines. Establish convention for naming message titles and sub-titles. Clarify wait time for the instructor’s response. Ask students to use consistent attachment formats. Keep a copy of important correspondence yourself.