Combining technology with quality instruction has tremendous power in enriching content for students. As a daily aspect of students’ lives, technology is not something we can simply push under the rug during school hours. While many teachers are igniting student learning by incorporating interactive polls, blogs, streaming video, and social media into their daily lessons, there are plenty of teachers that are leery to begin the journey to a technologically savvy classroom.
So, what reasons do teachers have for not including more technology in their classrooms?
- Not sure where to begin and/or not sure how to use it
- Lack of training or related professional development
- It is too time-consuming
- Availability of resources
While these are legitimate reasons you may have experienced, a few small steps can make a big difference. There is a multitude of resources available on the internet, such as tutorials for using Skype (free live video) in the classroom, blogging sites specifically for educators and students, and interactive sites based on classroom content, among many others.
Last week, I listed a few useful websites for teachers that may assist you in beginning to set up your technology arsenal. Numerous programs and tools are also free and fairly easy to set up:
- Skype in the Classroom
- Google Earth
What types of technology do you use in your classroom? What training, if any, is offered to teachers to implement new technology? We’d love to hear from you!