Digital tools are everywhere we look. Therefore, we need to be sure that we are incorporating them into our 21st Century teaching. The NETS-T has a strand that focuses on designing and developing digital age learning experiences and assessments. Today, I would like to focus on the NETS-T 2a which encourages teachers to Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
At Wayland, we are fortunate to have many technology tools available to use with our students. This allows for teachers to find many fun and creative ways to engage our students in learning. Technology tools can be used for simple tasks such as recording timings using the Clock App in a science lab to taking a picture of an example of parallel lines that a student finds in the hallway for math class. I know that it can take extra time to use technology for some of these tasks, but we need to make sure our students are proficient with using technology to complete tasks. The Next Generation Assessments are coming next year and we need to have them as prepared as possible to take these types of tests, which include using technology proficiently to answer questions.
In addition to simple tasks, there are so many ways that technology tools can be used to help students learn and be creative. I cannot begin to list the all the tools, but thought a graphic might help.
So, which of the tools, shown in the graphic above, do you use regularly in your classroom? Hopefully, we at Wayland are continuing to move to some of the newer technologies listed. If you are not using relevant technology regularly in your classroom, then you need to schedule some time with me to explore the technology possibilities that will work best for your classroom.
FINAL THOUGHT: I do have to say that I am not in favor of the Robot Teacher shown. I hope that I never live to see the day when a Robot Teacher replaces a teacher in Wayland!