Tech in Education

Technology is everywhere, and we all know that the classroom is no exception. We have teaching standards on teaching 21st century skills! At every first building and district meeting, we are reminded that we are preparing our students for jobs that haven’t even been created yet. To some, this may seem a little exaggerated, but look at the jobs we have created in the last 5, 10 years. Social Media Director. App Designer. Online teacher. I’m not even 28 yet, and I remember using a card catalog in the library and encyclopedias to start research projects. Technology is ever advancing, evolving, and becoming more and more of our day-to-day world.

Integrating technology in the classroom can be overwhelming. After you get over the hurdle of getting access to it, you have to decide how to use it. A lot of times in a regular classroom the extent of technology use is research, typing, possibly watching some clips, and maybe making a PowerPoint. Whether you have a computer lab or Smart Board and one-to-one technology, there are plenty of great ideas that can get your kids thinking creatively, critically thinking, collaborating, and communicating. Below are a few of my favorite tech uses in a classroom.

Housing Resources - Until college I had never seen this idea. My first interaction was in a literary analysis class taught by the head of the English department. He had his own website! On this website was everything we could ever need; his syllabus, the outline he wanted us to use, resources, schedules. It was so nice to have access to all of that online. It felt like a treasure trove of resources. This wouldn’t need to be done on a website though. Google docs is also a great way to house resources that students can have access to whether they are in class working on their projects or on a family vacation trying not to get behind.

NewsELA – This website is so fantastic for social studies and language arts. You get access to a myriad of text including current events and