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March 3, 2010

Can tech be used incorrectly?

#Edchat  

 3-2-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST   

Amazing Tech Tools!

Thank you to Sue Lyon-Jones @esolcourses  for this week’s edchat summary (see bio at the end of the post). Sue is a regular participant in edchat and was also our guest moderator at edchat yesterday! 

This was a lively, fast moving edchat session, with many interesting and thought-provoking views put forward. 

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  •  Is there a wrong way to use technology in the classroom?
  • How do we define good use of technology?
  • How do we define bad or improper use of technology?
  • Is bad use of technology better or worse than no technology at all?
  • How can technology be used effectively to enhance learning?
  • How can educators ensure that students don’t misuse technology?

Here is a selection of some of the comments:  

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye. 


 @jswiatek I believe that if teachers are using tech as a “time-filler”, it’s being used incorrectly 

@AtomiClint When learning is done well, the technology becomes transparent 

@olafelch Tech is only useful if it adds to the learning experience 

@rliberni Are we in danger of ‘showing off’ sometimes because we have lots of tech knowledge? 

@UltimateTeacher the teacher should ask, what’s the purpose of this tech – before lesson designing 

@bjnichols The task has to come first & then you choose the tool that best fits the task 

@colport So we have to be careful we don’t use technology for the sake of it. It may not be suitable

@DoremiGirl
  When teachers aren’t given proper support 2 integrate tech, but are expected to use them, tools often aren’t used well 

@daveandcori Technology can teach skills, act as a tutor, offer opportunities, & help extend learning. Teachers just need time to learn tech 

@spedteacher One wrong way to use tech is to limit student access to it because it *might* be used the “wrong way” 

@andycinek Limiting technology and access is equivalent to burning books or ripping out pages. We can not limit information 

@colport But we do, by blocking what they access outside? We need to coach using technology responsibly 

@Parentella it is up to teachers to guide the students to use tech in right way and check any fradulent use 

@bjnichols With the wrong tool….use of tech. becomes an electronic worksheet. Saves paper but doesn’t inspire learning 

@mzmacky To me, tech is best used to inquire, discover and create… not for filling in the blanks 

@rliberni Are stds necessarily absorbed in the task or the tech – do we know? 

@daveandcori I use technology to show them things I can’t show for real, virtual labs, and to differentiate learning activities 

@mrlukach I don’t see anything wrong with students teaching teachers how to learn the technology. In fact, I see a lot right in that 

@openstudy How do you test and evaluate collaboration? A major problem with traditional testing system 

@cybraryman1 Administrators have to start becoming more aware of the proper use of tech & how it enhances learning in their schools 

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week: 

How can technology be used to support collaborative learning?
 

To follow the complete discussion see here  

For the stats on #edchat participation see here  

As ever, there were some great links shared: 

openstudy  I found this very insightful. The importance of Good Teaching to Good Technology Use http://www.mrkeenan.com/?p=363 

Parentella  have been reading an interesting article re: evaluating tech in the classroom. http://bit.ly/9QPXxM 

AtomiClint  When learning is done well, the technology becomes transparent. http://bit.ly/9dITAg 

Cnansen  Over 100 ideas for using Twitter in the Classroom – http://tinyurl.com/yf576x3 

Readtoday   Let’s join the Dept of Education Innovation portal! http://bit.ly/bArYGV 

daveandcori  Technology can help save money – http://trunc.it/5zovc 

daveandcori  Project Based Learning resources – http://goo.gl/kCqy – don’t teach to test, teach critical thinking. 

daveandcori  Students as tech support – a great resource for schools – http://goo.gl/9d1b – many students are already tech experts 

Parantella  Reading 1 teachers reaction to tech use in his classroom: http://bit.ly/cyii78 

daveandcori  then internet resources, projects, and much more. resources to help get stared with edtech: http://goo.gl/kpX0,  http://goo.gl/1KLM 

PreKlanguages  Educational TV programmes for young children ‘may cause more harm than good’ http://bit.ly/cyo5rT 

bhsprincipal  I blogged on tech being fully integrated a while ago. http://bit.ly/6hUYDT 

TEFL  In case you haven’t seen this video about Digital Learners and what they want: http://my.englishclub.com/video/digital-learners 

sharnon007  I like wordpress, glogster, gamemakers- http://bit.ly/9f24c0 

lizditz  here’s another resource on #edchat http://edupln.ning.com/group/edchat 

joe_bower  Here is how a student of mine used Prezi http://bit.ly/cjn0tg 

sharnon007   this is an updated game maker list- http://bit.ly/9f24c0  has some really gr8 stuff u probably haven’t seen! 

TeachTCI  Thinking positively. What good things are happening in your classroom? http://bit.ly/cr7tnO 

NMHS_Principal   More educators seeking guidance on social-media contact w/ students http://bit.ly/bkxOiK 

cybraryman1  Web 2.0 Tools: http://bit.ly/Q4alB 

daveandcori  My fav tech tools- Evernote, blogs, internet, Google and more – http://goo.gl/hrko 

hdiblasi   Web 2.0 in Instruction: Adding Spice to Math Education http://bit.ly/csbcLh 

 Our favourite Tech tools!

Prezi 

Skype 

Wikis 

Ning 

Cell phones 

Twitter 

Blogs 

Youtube 

Wallwisher 

Amazon book reviews 

Voki 

Tagul 

Edmodo 

Photostory 

Mind maps 

The kids in @’jswiatek’s class voted forPrezi, Twitter, Photoshop, SlideRocket, Glogster as their favourites!

Sue Lyon Jones: I’m a freelance ICT consultant, materials developer and ESOL with ICT tutor, based in the UK. I run two free lesson resource sites, http://www.esolcourses.com and http://esolcourses.blogspot.com/ , and also have a teaching blog, The PLN Staff Lounge http://the-pln-staff-lounge.blogspot.com/.

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