“2, 4, 6, 8, Evaluate, Integrate, & Appreciate”

“To be or not to be…” a one-on-one educational institution is perhaps a question that is being asked in this age of technology. Some things to consider while answering this question are what are the benefits, how will it look, and how will it change teaching and learning?

Dr. Alan Kay’s thoughts over at Parallel Divergence as outlined in the post “23 Things About Classroom Laptops” offer food for thought for both digital natives and migrants of the World Wide Web. And yes the Office of Teaching and Learning captures it best, “Even with its distractions, let us not forget some of the numerous benefits of laptop and wireless technology and why they have become so common in universities.” So how to we proceed? The answer lies within evaluating which technology tool works to enhance your content and pedagogy, creating a vision for integration, and celebrating gains and lessons learned in the process.

As a person who provides academic support services, I have the distinct pleasure of assisting students and collaborating with teachers to achieve academic success through content and elective courses. This means I am able to take part in what a student has been assigned and assist them with the technology that either helps them attain the lesson and/or complete the assignment. Within one year I have explored countless apps with students because of their teacher’s willingness to embrace technology. One that I would like to highlight through three aspects of TPACK is Explain Everything.

Rich Kiker’s five nuggets of knowledge or officially named, “5 Strategies For 1 to 1 Classroom Management,” gives this great piece of advice, “Make the enduring understanding of digital citizenship a regular component in your classroom.”

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One thought on ““2, 4, 6, 8, Evaluate, Integrate, & Appreciate”

  1. I must say your blog looks amazing, like reading an online newspaper. In your position as an academic support teacher you are in a position in which you almost have to use tech because other teachers are using it in their lessons or assignments. This allows you to learn so much more as a result. You state that “Within one year I have explored countless apps with students because of their teacher’s willingness to embrace technology.” I believe it goes both ways. You have also embraced technology as a result. Hooray!!! I believe the first step in integrating technology is coming to terms with the fact that it is here to stay and asking ourselves how we can learn from technology.
    Thanks for your words.

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