About This Chapter
Incorporating Technology in the Classroom - Chapter Summary
The use of educational technology is an important way to address the diverse needs of your student body and deliver instructional strategies in ways that keep students engaged. Technology allows you to customize teaching strategies, teach students digital learning methods and help your class meet educational standards. Topics addressed in this chapter include:
- Results of research into the effectiveness of technology in the classroom
- The definition and models of blended learning
- Pros and cons of having students use smartphones, tablets and other devices in class
- Teaching strategies addressing digital literacy
- Using digital tools and technology to customize learning and support the multiple intelligences theory
- Ethical guidelines addressing the use of educational technology
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How It Helps
- Enhances technological knowledge: Details specific technological tools and devices and how to use them in the classroom.
- Facilitates student learning: Supports student success and achievement by addressing individual needs with the use of technological tools.
- Develops digital literacy skills: Helps you teach students about the proper use and benefits of technology.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Apply blended learning strategies in the classroom
- Understand the benefits and disadvantages of the use of personal technological devices in the classroom
- Use teaching strategies to improve students' digital literacy
- Customize teaching methods with digital tools to address the diverse needs of your students
- Adhere to ethical guidelines regarding educational technology
1. Research on Technology in the Classroom
These days, it's nearly impossible to find a classroom that doesn't have at least one computer in it. Fortunately, research suggests adding technology to a classroom can have a positive effect on teaching and learning.
2. What is Blended Learning? - Definition & Models
In this lesson we'll learn how blended learning disrupts the traditional classroom to provide more engaging and meaningful learning experiences for K-12 students. We'll also discuss the various types of models and how to integrate a blended environment.
3. Bring Your Own Device: Pros & Cons in Schools
Should personal smartphones, tablets, and laptops be permitted in schools? What benefits and risks may be involved? Some schools participate in bring your own device programs. This lesson will discuss the pros and cons of bring your own device.
4. Teaching Digital Literacy in the Classroom
Digital literacy is an important skill for your students to learn. This lesson will provide strategies and tips for teaching digital literacy in your classroom.
5. Using Digital Tools to Customize Learning
Digital tools and instructional technology resources allow for students to learn according to their learning style. Leveraging these resources creates instructional opportunities for teachers to flip their classroom.
6. Using Technology to Support Multiple Intelligences Theory
All students learn differently according to the theory of multiple intelligences. Learn how to use technology in the classroom to appeal to learners of all types to help them meet learning objectives and standards.
7. Technology Ethics in the Classroom
The accessibility of information through technology is endless. In the classroom, students and teachers must follow ethical guidelines for appropriate use. In this lesson, you'll learn what some of the expectations are and how to use them.
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