The Goal of Educational Technology: To Advance Student Achievement
The use of computers and technology in coursework has been controversial. Some critics believe that technology is used for technology's sake, with no positive student outcomes. Teachers who have had successful lessons that integrated technology, however, believe in its benefits: increased student engagement and motivation, appeal to various learning styles, and ability to differentiate instruction; all of which add up to providing a learner-centered environment for students and improved instruction.
The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies:
A position statement written by ISTE's Media Specialists Special Interest Group (SIGMS) that discusses the critical roles that school librarians play in the infusion of educational technology in their schools. School library media specialists...
- Support the use of technology throughout the school by working closely with the school's technology coordinator or fill the role of the technology coordinator when a separate position does not exist.
- Serve as information literacy and educational technology specialists in their schools.
- Address educational technology and information literacy skills instruction embedded in the curriculum.
- Provide technology training for teachers, administrators, and parents.
- Work with teachers, counselors, and administrators to prepare students to succeed in higher education, the work place, and in society.
- Help students develop important digital citizenry attributes to demonstrate responsible use of information and technology.
- Provide leadership in the development of local information and technology literacy standards.
Assess Your Tech Skills:
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Pew Internet Life: Networked Learners
From a seminar I attended, these slides to the left are from the keynote speaker, Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet Project.
In his talk, he gave the numbers that illustrate how tech-savvy today's students are and describes "10 Ways Digital Technology Has Changed Things in the Learning Ecosystem." Eye-opening information!
Below is a more current talk that Lee gave, discussing today's Millennial generation. Fascinating stuff that teachers should be aware of!
Alan November on TEDx March 5, 2011: "Who Owns the Learning?" and "Leaving a Legacy"
Will Richardson's "Make Schools Relevant" on students' initiative to find information and learn on their own. On TEDx March 5, 2011
Kids and Technology:
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