Success of initiatives to implement technology in educational settings depends strongly on support & attitudes of teachers involved.
Teachers are main gatekeepers in allowing educational innovations to diffuse into the classrooms. Rhonda Christensen, Effect of technology integration education on the attitudes of teachers and their students
Positive teacher attitudes towards computing are critical if computers are to be effectively integrated into classroom settings.
New teacher’s role: facilitator, guide and mentor. Teachers: change agents who can transform practices constructing more active, creative & socially interactive approach through use of technology.
Changing schools requires much more than buying computers. We need to prepare students for their future, not ours.
“We must make two radical changes, we must learn how to use technology but fundamentally change how we teach.” (Fabry & Higgs)
Rethink how kids learn & how to best use modern learning technology. It is an important tool and our students, digital natives, are ready for it.” Rosemberg M. Marc My Words: Learning Technology in Our Schools – How We Can Help
Knowledge is more like something students construct rather than something that can be transferred.
Deep understanding of what motivates & engages students. Thinking and feeling are connected. Patterning is emotional. Jane Carlson-Pickering, Teachers in Technology Initiative.
Rethink the process of learning, recontextualize ways ICTs are transforming knowledge, culture and patterns of socialization. Terren, Growing up Digital… Teachers too?
View technology as an instructional tool for delivering subject matter in the curriculum.” Woodbridge J, Technology Integration as a Transforming Teaching Strategy.
Our challenge: using technology in ways to promote meaningful learning for students.
“ICT provides new possibilities of educational change, of a more innovative practice, collaborative & interactive professional development.” Terren, Growing up Digital… Teachers too?
Technology can add richness, enhance creativity, critical thinking and bring the outside world into the classroom.
Technology can increase student’s motivation to learn, help learners visualize problems and solutions, acquire technology, information and visual literacy and support cooperative learning, shared intelligence and critical thinking. Laurie B Dias - Skip Atkinson, Technology Integration: Best practices, Where do teachers stand?
We have the possibility of developing in our students the skills and perspective to cope with an increasingly complex world, of giving them a bigger window to see what lies out there.