Whatever tools teachers use in their instruction, a lot of thought must be involved when implementing technology into the lesson. The use of technology should enhance and expand the lesson, not glamorize it. Some ideas I found that should help in determining what to use and if it should be used:
1. Be sure and select the appropriate technology. “Tony Bates, an elearning and distance education planning and management consultant, offered some insights on what to consider when making technology decisions.” (www.facultyfocus.com)
S Is the technology appropriate for students?
E Is it easy to use and reliable?
C What are its direct and indirect costs?
T How will it support teaching and learning?
I What kinds of interaction will it make possible?
O What organizational issues will be involved?
N How much of a novelty is this technology?
S Will it let us start courses and make changes with the speed we need? Is it secure?
Another online article explores the pros and cons of devices…http://www.edudemic.com/best-education-technology-for-your-school/
Some ideas on hip new apps: http://www.edudemic.com/byod-apps-symbaloo/
b. Study Blue – http://www.studyblue.com/
c. Google Drive – http://www.edudemic.com/real-time-technology-in-11-classrooms/ where the teacher can have 1:1 time with the entire class at pretty much the same time!
2. Technology Gadgets
a. The Smart Board! Cool beans stuff…but pricey!!
b. Smart Board with an app:
c. Chrome Books – http://www.edudemic.com/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-chromebook/ …pricey with monthly fees.