Monday, April 28, 2014

The 5 Bad Tech Habits Teachers Fall Into

Source: Scholastic Administrator

Te@chThought has compiled a simple, but honest list of the five bad tech habits teachers can fall into. 

1. Not using technology enough.
There are a lot of reasons why some teachers may be slow to adopt technology. To begin, it's easy to get comfortable with curriculum, which makes it harder to develop it. Possibly, a teacher may not see the value of incorporating technology into curriculum. Additionally, technology - or change, in general - can be intimidating, and unfamiliar.

The solution: This issue gets to the main driving force behind our district initiating the Instructional Technology Coach program. We offer embedded professional development, which, at its core, is intended to teach, coach, and assist teachers in the meaningful implementation of technology into the curriculum.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wanna feel old? Watch kids react to a walkman.

Here's a great sobering video from CAKETV, via Stereogum, of children trying to figure out how a walkman works. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

30 ways to use Chromebooks in Schools (Resource from ICE)

I thought I'd share this nifty slideshow Jessica Christian picked up from ICE this year. As the slideshow promises, it provides 30 ways to use Chromebooks in schools. It was created by Tom Gierke and Becky Evans, who also presented at the conference. It's great to discover resources not yet used, but also to expand on Google apps we've maybe already gotten comfortable with. Take a few minutes to peak through the slides.

Whoever this Socrates guy was, he had something to say about change...

Rethinkig the way our students think (and us, too)

What is the world is SAMR, and why should I care?

The SAMR model (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition) is a handy little tools to guide teachers through the process of adapting technology into their curriculum. The ITCs in D64 use it as a guidepost for coaching and building up appropriate use of technology. Take a moment to check out the video explaining SAMR.

SAMR Model: Explained from EasyBib on Vimeo.