Effective utilization of tech tools
By: Hayley Johnson
We educators know how prevalent technology is becoming in classrooms. Students have Chromebooks, laptops, desktop computers, handheld mobile devices, tablets, and probably more technology that we have never used before in the classroom.
Properly engaging students by utilizing the technology that they are familiar with and even more advanced technology can foster a brand new classroom learning experience with multiple exposures to information and knowledge.
“Among the many debates on inquiry in teaching and learning, researchers have reported that well-designed science tools help to provide authentic learning environments, foster students’ motivation, and support multiple representations of knowledge.”
“The invention and distribution of handheld technologies have helped students to collect field data (e.g., temperature) as well as to input and manipulate data immediately.”
“Tools can be used to “decompose” complicated inquiry tasks and procedures (such as examining hypotheses and manipulating variables), thus reducing extraneous cognitive load in order for students to focus on core concepts and monitor their inquiry processes.”
“Technology tools can problematize and challenge ideas by posing question prompts and providing feedback to encourage students to formalize their thinking and examine multiple perspectives.”
-Minchi, K., et. al. 2007. Technology-Enhanced Inquiry Tools in Science Education: An Emerging Pedagogical Framework for Classroom Practice, Science Education, Vol. 91 (Issue 6).
multiple perspectives, integrate, maximize, balance, stimulate, access, motivate, engage
Examples of useful tech:
-Virtual reality simulator
-Data collections tools (electronic thermometer, pH meter, photometer)
-Modeling software (NetLogo)
“Integrating technology with face-to-face teacher time generally produces better academic outcomes than employing either technique alone.” – Edutopia
Many classrooms have computer or laptop access for students, so there are many websites and programs that can be done simply through the internet:
“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs
TEDTalk: Students already have mobile devices, tablets, and other media devices… SO LET’S USE THEM!
— Ariel Ohlemacher (@MrsOhlemacher) February 1, 2018
— Chelsea Warner (@crwarner2) January 24, 2018
“It’s not just for the tech class. You’re using technology in art, you’re using technology in science, you’re using technology in “[English Language Arts].” – Audra Cerruto, president of Rockville Centre Education Foundation https://t.co/XHYpaEPRnK
— zSpace (@zSpace) February 3, 2018
3D printed trophies 🏆 for the roller coaster 🎢 engineering design challenge in HS physics! Chariots of Fire theme song filled the room while slowly wheeling the cart into the classroom! #GoldbugPride pic.twitter.com/yJKkztEb4n
— Steve Maier (@SteveMaier_) February 2, 2018
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates