Sometimes I go overboard on technology.
Sometimes I don't give enough choice in technology.
Sometimes I don't think of ways to integrate technology into my lessons.
Sometimes I use technology as the end product and don't integrate it throughout.
I have felt every statement this year several times. Every year I continue to shift my thinking and continue to make purposeful choices when to embed technology. I remind myself often to focus on the learner and the lesson objective prior to choosing the tech tool. Too often when I first started integrating technology, I always thought it would be the culminating activity.
One of the areas that I have made the largest change this year was with choice. Allowing my students to brainstorm with me and have conversations as a whole group. We are working on our third mini research project, and last week during workshop we discussed way to organize notes. The class chose three ways: Google document, pocket folders or writer's notebook. Interesting note: 15 of 23 students chose pocket folders not what I would have guessed but reassures me that everyone needs a voice in organizing their writing.
|Decorated cover for research topics|
|Example of questions on pockets with new research on index cards.|
|Example of notes answering inquiry questions|