Ed Tech Hot Links: School-Wide Tech Development

This week’s Hot Links post is dedicated to the efforts of administrators and tech professionals working to implement technology on a school-wide basis.

We start with the unavoidable truth: tablet computers are invading the classroom.

Is that a good thing?  Studies suggest that both math and reading scores are positively affected by educational technology.

Now that you’ve made the decision to add more technology to your curriculum and methods, the most important thing is to design quality lessons independent of technology and to use tech only when it enhances learning.

With that in mind, make sure you avoid the pitfalls of bad pedagogy, and try your best to avoid issues inherent to technology use.

So, how to implement technology across campus?

– Look to successful models when designing your own curriculum.

– Have teachers share their methods with faculty on a regular basis (or, flip your faculty meetings). Below, a teacher shares her approach to technology with her colleagues in Taiwan via video uploaded to a private Facebook group.

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– Consider hiring a technology integration coach to meet with individuals or departments and discuss how technology can work for their existing curricula.  It works, and it gives students a sense of empowerment and ownership.

– No money in the budget for a coach?  Give students course credit for helping teachers implement technology in their classrooms.

And, it’s important to get parents involved and to educate them on how to manage their children’s media consumption.

Enjoy the process with your students and, once you’ve done something great, share your success with other teachers!

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