Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Great Info.!

Education Development Center, Inc., (2003). Using technology in the classroom. Retrieved April 14, 2008, from STAR Tech Program Web site: http://www.startechprogram.org/technology/usingtech.html

This website is a great way for teachers to learn about how technology can be integrated into the classroom and why it should be. Even though I use technology and I know that it is important for our students to use and learn on a daily basis, I still found this website to be very informative.

The site offers many different sources of information for teachers. They list numerous websites and articles about technology that I found to be very beneficial. It’s a great set of resources, listed in one convienent place. They also give an overview of different types of technological tools and what they are used for. However, my favorite part is the vignettes. They have many different vignettes here to read, which are organized by grade level and special education. I think that learning from other teacher’s experiences is one of the best ways to learn, and these vignettes provide just that.

I’ll leave you with a quote from this website:
“Technology can be used in many ways as an integral part of the curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners. For example, it can introduce into the classroom exciting curricula based on real-world problems; provide scaffolds and tools to enhance learning; give students and teachers more opportunities for feedback, reflection, and revision; and build local and global communities where people gather and share information. Technology can help students recognize, organize, and represent knowledge” (Education Development Center, Inc., 2003).

This is a really great site…you should check it out!

1 comment:

Annette said...

Hey Jenn,
The website was a great one to tag. I liked the vignettes also because it brought technology-use to real life by allowing us to see how other teachers have used technology for student achievement.
I know a lot of our conversation at our school lately is many teachers saying they are 'tired of technology training because they feel it's being shoved down their throats and they do not get time to see how it can be effective'.
This website would be a great way for teachers to see good stories of how it can be used versus just training them on the fundamentals of a new program. Thanks for the idea.