Greetings Tech Team,
I hope your school year is off to a great start and that you are finding innovative ways to use the students’ devices in your classrooms in an effort to improve their engagement and learning! Be sure to share all your experiences with the rest of us!
As I work towards improving learning for all students, I have the opportunity to work in many classrooms, with many schools and many individuals. Some want to be using technology, others want to bring it into the classroom but aren’t really sure how to or what to do with it. There are also those who think that bringing technology/devices into the classroom will automatically engage kids thus improving their learning. Unfortunately, technology in and of itself will NOT engage kids. In fact, without a purpose, it may only serve to distract students and impede their learning. As we introduce various devices into classrooms we need to be clear about the educational benefits and the purposes for using the devices – with ourselves and with students. The link below provides an interesting comment on and a gentle reminder to all of us about a BYOD program and just generally encouraging the use of technology devices in the classroom. Enjoy this quick read!