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The REAL Reason to Use Technology in Schools

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Teachers are encouraged to use technology for many different reasons, but the truth: we are morally and ethically bound to help all learners succeed! Better yet, WE BELIEVE that all students are intelligent in some way. It is not if you are intelligent; it is HOW are you intelligent. The converging dynamics of learning research and technology can help more students succeed even if our schools were created for the industrial age.

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The REAL Reason to Use Technology in Schools

  1. 1. The REAL reason to use Technology! Beth Rajan Sockman PH.D. Instructional Technology - Graduate Coordinator East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  2. 2. There is SO much new stuff! How should I begin! Why SHOULD I?
  3. 3. Guilt Someone spent the money
  4. 4. Glorified transparency Little better engagement
  5. 5. Student’s Future
  6. 6. REAL reason to use technology!!!
  7. 7. Once upon a time…
  8. 8. IMPACT
  9. 9. YOU want to be…. BUT….
  10. 10. REAL reason given for technology usage!
  11. 11. Converging Dynamics LEARNER Centered Classrooms! Global Needs Learning Theory Technology
  12. 12. Diversity-ALL- Customization LEARNER Centered Classrooms! Global Needs
  13. 13. Industrial Age Vs. Knowledge Age Adapted from Duffy, 2010
  14. 14. Industrial Age  Standardization  Top-down organization  Compliance  Conformity  CEO as King
  15. 15. PAST …. Only 10% need to succeed!
  16. 16. Knowledge Age  Customization  Team-based organization  Initiative  Diversity  Customer as King
  17. 17. That is OK… Educators BELIEVE in our students!
  18. 18. Converging Dynamics LEARNER Centered Classrooms! Learning Theory
  19. 19. Understanding of intelligence has evolved
  20. 20. No longer …. IF you are intelligent but …. HOW are you intelligent?
  21. 21. 1 teacher to 25 students….
  22. 22. You are out numbered!
  23. 23. Converging Dynamics LEARNER Centered Classrooms! Technology
  24. 24. Use technology to meet learning needs!
  25. 25. Fundamentals for REAL Learning  Learn in different ways and different times!  Skills – each content has skills  Deep meaningful learning  Motivation
  26. 26. Instructional VIDEO – Learn at different times!
  27. 27. LMS – Look at individuals
  28. 28. Apps – Skills to individualize
  29. 29. Flipped Classroom – Deep learning and Individual time with students
  30. 30. Student Blog – Wiki or Web 2.0 Real Audience Motivation
  31. 31. Gamification for Motivation
  32. 32. Students make a movie – Learn content! Create content! Prolong Engagement  Remember long term
  33. 33. Students find voice
  34. 34. Global Collaboration
  35. 35. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. ~ Confucius
  36. 36. Tech Courage  “You have to be, if not tech savvy, kind of tech courageous...not afraid to just go out there and experience…”
  37. 37. PLN – Personal Learning Network
  38. 38. Once upon a time…
  39. 39. Remember – It is the individual … Challenge: How can you help each child succeed?
  40. 40.  Learn in different ways and different times!  Skills – each content has skills  Deep meaningful learning  Motivation Fundamentals for REAL Learning
  41. 41. ENJOY your journey learning so that each of your students crave learning!
  42. 42. For questions bsockman@esu.edu

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