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Successful Technology Integration

IMG_8416.JPGMid last year, I wrote an article for ACEL e-Publications about the successful technology
integration. 
In the article, I discuss the fact that there shouldn’t be such a huge focus on WHY technology needs to be integrated but a shift towards HOW technology can be integrated so that it is meaningful and successful in our classrooms.

In the article I go into detail about ten ways you can encourage technology integration in your school. The ten examples are listed below.

  • Quick tips
    • Think about sharing tech tips at the beginning of staff meetings.
  • Twitter
    • Get your staff on board and active on Twitter.
  • Modelling
    • Incorporate tech in staff meetings in order to inspire teachers.
  • Tech Tips For Parents
    • Add a technology corner in your school newsletter providing useful apps or websites for parents to download for their children.
  • Technology Lesson
    • Set aside some time to specifically teach your students how to use a tool.
  • Technology Needs
    • Identify the needs of each grade regarding technology. It should be a school priority to continue to provide devices in order to meet the needs of the students.
  • Genius Session
    • Consider implementing a Genius Session across the school where students participate in different activities which encourage creativity including a technology session.
  • ICT Resources
    • Consider creating a cupboard of ICT resources. E.g. headphones, iPad adapters, Makey-Makey kits.
  • Support
    • Foster a culture of sharing, support, trust and openness among the staff.
  • Staff Site
    • Develop a page on your staff site dedicated to digital pedagogy.

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10 Ways to Transform Your Teaching

1619648_10152989218839268_1464629793034054793_nI recently wrote an article for ACEL e-Publications about the importance of authentic learning. In the article, I discuss authentic learning being overused in many blog posts, tweets, articles and staff meetings; however, it is often presented very vaguely with little to no specific examples of what it actually looks like in a classroom.

Therefore, in the article I go into detail about ten practical and achievable examples of how you can ensure your students are immersed in meaningful authentic learning experiences. The ten examples are listed below.

  • Google Hangouts and Skype
  • Twitter in Education
  • Design Thinking
  • Valuable Opportunities
  • Start an ICT Club
  • Blogging
  • Student Voice
  • Digital Technologies
  • Timetabling
  • Physical Space

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 What do you believe is essential if learning is to be authentic?

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Teaching With a Vision

photo 2I recently wrote an article for ACEL e-Publications about the importance of teachers having a vision and 10 questions teachers should ask themselves in order to continually reflect on themselves as teachers.

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Teachers should have their own vision statement in order to continue working towards their main purpose and to stay present in each moment. I came up with the following vision statement for myself.

“As a teacher, I aim to create an atmosphere that encourages curiosity and sheer determination. Our classroom is a place where students feel important, respected, cared for and believed in. I am a teacher who makes it possible for her students to reach their full potential, ask questions, learn from their mistakes, give and receive feedback, create and try their best. In our classroom, real world problems are solved and each student believes that they can make a difference in this world. Together, we celebrate each other’s success and inspire each other to be the best person that we can be.”

Take the time to come up with your own vision statement and feel free to share it below.

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