"People start to take technology for granted, hardly noticing the changes it brings to our lives" (Maloy, Verock, Edwards, and Woolf 2017). This goes hand in hand with the younger generations that are attending school to receive an education. If we do not realize the advances technology has made in our day to day life, then we must at least notice the advances that are made with it in education. "To live and work successfully, students must have the basic competencies of reading, writing, and mathematics as well as an array of technology-based literacies, including proficiency with technology tools, the ability to build relationships and solve problems collaboratively, the knowledge to design and share information, the capacity to analyze and evaluate information from multiple sources, and the capability to handle information in ethical ways. "These literacies--from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms--are multiple, dynamic, and malleable" (National Council of Teachers of English, 2008b)" (Maloy, et al., 2017, p. 4).
Facilitating Group Activities
The use of the following technology items will give educators the ability to faciltate group activities:
Interactive Games/Software for content areas
Knowledge of Digital Citizens
Various technology items will allow students to conduct research. The following items would be benifical for all students to learn:
Online newspapers or journals
Online data bases
Soical Media Sites (teacher approved)
Teacher Choosen search engines
Communicating Final Projects
When using technology in the classroom, teachers can assign students final projects where the students can use a variety of tools to accomplish this. Also since it is a final project where technology is used, students can also work on it from home or at school. The following technology items can be used for final projects:
Web based diagrams tools
Threaded on line discussions
Digital software or video making software
1 Computer in a Classroom?
Some educators may ask if it is possible to integrate technology into a classroom that only has one computer. The answer to this is, definetly. Here are some ways:
If the teacher is the only one with a laptop, it can be connected to a projector, Smart Board, or Promethan Board. Interactive Software could also be installed where the students can be hands on with their learning.
Be sure each student has some time on the computer by assigning each one with a certain day and time to get on.
Use the one computer for whole group or small group lessons.
When there are multi-computers in a classroom, the possibilities are endless on how to engage students in the use of them. Here are some things teachers can have students do on the computers:
Engage in content areas for lessons
Participate in research activities
Play educational games
Discover meanings of vocabulary words
Hand Held Devices?
Hand held devices could in the form of students's cell phones. Currently schools are having students use their phones for a variety of things in the classroom. There are also other hand held devices that can be used. Some of these are:
GPS or Gis devices
iPads, Tablets, and Laptops?
Even if you are not able to have desk top computers in your classroom doesn't mean that you can't be a technology classroom. others items such as iPads, tablets, and laptops are just as beneifical. These items can be used for:
Content area interactive games
While at the beginning of this Lunch and Learn it seemed difficult to add technology into your daily curriculum, I am hoping that now you can see that it is actually easy and is beneficial to the students in a variety of ways. Some of those ways being:
Setting up students to be successful outside of school
Different learning styles met
Differentiated lessons available
Student centered classroom
Education World(2018). Retrieved from https://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech146.shtml
The Guardian(2018). Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/feb/17/20-ways-to-use-a-tablet-in-the-classroom
Maloy, R. W., Verock, R. A., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2017). Transforming learning with new technologies (3rd ed.). Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.
Lunch and Learn
A presentation for fellow teachers that are wanting to intergrate technology into their classroom however are nervous to do so.