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Integrating Technology in the Classroom: A Few Tips

1. Find inspiration: New technology tools are being developed every day, making the task of deciding what
technology to implement in the classroom a challenge. Use the internet as a tool to find ideas for
incorporating technology that matches your experience level and subject matter. ead reviews of
technology tools written by other teachers! what were their successes" #hallenges" $pen up a program
and put yourself in the shoes of your students! is this tool easy to navigate" %s it engaging" &oes it
reinforce the objectives you want your students to complete"

'. (e flexible: )hile technology can add interest, relevancy, and excitement to your classroom, it can also
create frustration and classroom management issues. #omputers will free*e, the internet will lose signal,
a file will be lost+ it is inevitable that you will run in to a few problems at some point. ,lways have a
back!up plan for your lessons using technology.

-. .earn how to troubleshoot: )hen experiencing problems with technology, be patient and learn how to
find solutions to computer errors. /ometimes this is as easy as turning off the computer and turning it on
again. &on0t be afraid to ask for help from other teachers, or even from students. /ometimes your
students have the answers to a problem and are eager to help if it means they will be using technology in
the lesson. &on0t spend more than 11 minutes troubleshooting during class! instead, move on to your
back!up lesson. /tudents will be patient as you work to solve technology issues, but only for so long.

2. (egin by incorporating in an existing lesson: Use a lesson you are already comfortable with. ,sk yourself
whether there is a technology tool that will add interest or make completion of the lesson easier.
/ometimes an assignment you have already provided can be completed on a computer in a similar way.
3his is a good, low risk activity to begin with. emember: you do not need to use technology in every
lesson! use it often enough for you to become comfortable, but not so often that it loses its

4. /et expectations: #reate classroom procedures to manage the use of technology. 5ake sure rules for
computer use are clearly communicated. %n many classrooms, students sign a technology usage
agreement in order to prevent improper usage. 3he most effective way to prevent technology misuse is
to actively walk around the classroom, monitoring students0 activities while on computers.

6. eflect: ,fter implementing technology in to a lesson, reflect on the effectiveness of its use. &id it
function correctly" &id it increase student engagement" &id it reinforce your lesson objectives" &id it
make more work for you" )ill you use it again" )ill you make any adjustments" )hat other methods of
technology could you use in the future"

A Few Effective Technology Tools for Educators
, F77 collaborative platform for your classroom! easy to create online 8ui**es, create links to videos
and articles, and has numerous collaboration tools, like a discussion board. $nly your students can
access your class page! so it is safe to use and you can track your student progress.
% will admit, % spend time at home on this website, just for my own enjoyment. is a platform for
sharing educational, inspirational, entertaining talks from experts of every field. 7ach talk is limited to
no more than '1 minutes in length and they are incredible engaging9 :ou can find a talk to fit nearly any
curriculum. , few good talks to begin with: ;en obinson0s <&o /chools ;ill #reativity=> Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichies The Danger of a Single Story; /ugata 5itra0s <;ids #an 3each 3hemselves=
,nother F77 resource, students type in their resource information and the program creates citations
and bibliographies in any format re8uested ?5.,, ,@,, etc.A
, F77 science! based website with a collection of videos, interactive websites, and activities. For
example, if your science classroom doesn0t have access to a dissection lab, click on the cow eye
dissection video and see it up close, complete with labels and a lesson.
3his is one of my personal favorites. 3his F77 website has articles, videos, and illustrations that explain
how things work! this is an easy, usually short activity that can add a great deal of interest to your
, website full of F77 games and activities, no registration re8uired. For my world history class, % asked
the students to use a tool from this site> http:BBwww.classtools.netBtwisterB /tudents <became=
historical figures with a twitter page. /tudents had to tweet about an issue from the perspective of the
historical person, including the correct date. Creat way to show understanding while being creative.
Coogle is perhaps the most well!known search engine online. &id you know, however, it has a multitude
of real!time collaboration tools" /tudents can log on and work on the same word document, excel
spreadsheet, drawing, or presentation, with their work being updated in real!time. /tudents can work
from different locations to complete a collaborative assignment and then share it with an instructor in
order to get instant feedback.