Tackling Technology Presentation for VAIS Conference
TACKLING TECHNOLOGYSARA STEINMS SCIENCE TEACHER Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
INTRODUCTION Teaching for 12 years (LS and MS) New to iPad in August (My Technology Story) Goal of Presentation: Connect, support, share ideas, personal experiences and examples of student work and assessments.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS Turn and talk with a neighbor about what helpedyou take a risk with technology…It’s OKAY to say, “I don’t know.”
BABY STEPSSee it as an opportunity; Start small & go slow One lesson, one App, one project at a time
DON’T DO IT ALL YOUR 1ST YEARWe are designers, creators…do what youcan…85% is okayStudents and technology change each year
LEAN ON YOUR LEARNINGCOMMUNITYLook around for support. Who is there?Ask for help- even from students!Expand beyond school walls
LET STUDENTS DRIVE Education is shifting from teacher focusedinstruction to student centered learning Letting go of control = Better learning outcomes
TEXTBOOKS ARE JUST ONE TOOLTechnology does not replace, only enhancesResources at your fingertipsGive yourself credit
Learning Management System (LMS)Haiku: post HW, links, polls, pics, podcastsExtend beyond classroom walls through blendedlearning- We start the dialogue, they run with it!
INQUIRYTeachers are farmersStart with questionsEmpower students to guide their own education
PROJECT BASED LEARNINGTests and quizzes still have a placeStudent freedom to select, design & createExamples!!