Monday, July 7, 2014

The Use of Technology in Education and The 21st Century Classroom- Part I

They are everywhere!!!...schools, restaurants, stores... we see children of all ages (including toddlers) handling tablets, cell phones, computers and video games in many cases, better than their teachers and parents.
The rapid  change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for education.
Teachers are constantly trying to catch up with technological innovations.

The controversial questions are:

1.How do we keep up with the constant change in technology?

2.What technology is effective?

3. How do we balance it?

4. How can we implement it successfully?
My goal with this 4 part topic is to answer these questions and share ideas on how to incorporate technology in the classroom.
How do we keep up with the constant change in technology?
Voice amplification systems, digital projectors, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, personal response systems, and other handheld devices–these are among the many technologies that are quickly becoming essential tools for helping 21st-century teachers engage their students' interest and make learning more interactive.
As educators, we need to educate ourselves on how to use all these devices, educational software and how to effectively implement it in the classroom.
Not tech-savvy? No problem! Nowadays most school district value the use of technology in the classroom and will invest a lot of money in devices, training, software, etc.
It is never too late to take a class, attend a training or even watch training videos or webinars.
Here are some helpful links that can help you start keeping up with the overwhelming change in technology:
1. Great video on the history of technology in education:
The History of Technology in Education

2. Millions of resources, trainings, videos

3. Keep up with the latest news in education

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