1) Students need to be comfortable with a variety of devices and platforms to access information and demonstrate understanding. What they are using today is most likely not what they are going to be using in a few years, so it is important that they are flexible learners, especially when it comes to technology.
2) Students need to understand when technology is necessary, and which tool best serves their purpose.
3) Technology integration should change the way our students are learning and how our classes are structured. There have been many instances of classes that have had an influx of technology, only to have it replace a task that could just have easily been done without it. With mixed devices, differentiation is already built into the model and pushes teachers to think in different ways about how to structure their class time and lessons.
We have started our year slowly by:
- Introducing our students to the new devices, and how to care for them properly
- Discussed our school AUP, and in some cases begun more in-depth conversations about how to be a good digital citizen (thank you Common Sense Media!)
- Started (taken off) with our Google Apps for Education accounts
- Taken class videos
- Created voice recordings for reading fluency
- Creating Glogs from Glogster (in process)
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