3-2-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
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
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!
Amazon book reviews
The kids in @’jswiatek’s class voted for – Prezi, 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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