Best Practices

Starting the Technology Conversation

Before you delve into the "how to's" of technology, let's first consider the "why do's". Think about this quote and how it pertains to your use of technology:

“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods by ignoring principles is sure to have trouble.”

It can be easy to get caught up in what others are doing or be wowed by a vendor's sales presentation, however, it is important to keep in mind the goal or task that you are trying to achieve, and whether integrating technology will help you achieve that goal.

But let's take a step back, what is your goal? What are you trying to accomplish? After watching the following videos, consider how Sir Ken Robinson's and Marc Prensky's ideas for education compares to your own. Then start to think about if/how technology integration can make a difference.

Comprehensive site designed to guide you through the process of implementing eLearning in any teaching environment.

Going forward

Thinking about the goals that you have for your students are the first step in planning for technology use. Looking for tools to use without a purpose will likely end in poor results for your students.

Technology integration should consider the following:

  • Does technology allow us to do something that we were unable to do without it?
  • Does the new capability align with the goals for your students and the lesson?
  • Do you and your students have the skills to use the new technology?

If you answer yes to these three questions, then proceed with your plan to integrate tech. If you answer "no" or "I don't know" to any of these questions, reassess your need to use technology. You may have already planned a great lesson without it!

Copy of Web Resource Approval Process

Courtesy of Chris Hamady from Anthony Wayne School District. Online products and resources are commonly used in today's classroom. They often provide engaging, and challenging alternatives to traditional instruction and activities. While these are often free, there is more to consider than cost and effectiveness.

This presentation addresses issues related to online programs that require parental consent for students under 13 years old, student privacy, and your district's acceptable use policy.

Check out Chris's blog for other great resources.