The Classroom Teacher’s Technology Survival Guide

The Student Piece

  • Time to focus on what students can do. This requires changing some teaching practices, and often results in resistance. It’s easier to force teachers to do attendance online than it is to force teaching differently. Some things to consider include: require student writing be done with a word processor, require that some resources by gathered online, make and post videos of student presentations, create a class blog for discussions. This final idea will create a wider audience for student work and increase participation. Think about challenging students to become Google Jockeys as they show how they can find information online. Doug gives guidelines you can use in evaluating student work using common digital tools.
  • Problem-based learning is the next focus. With so much information available, students need to avoid broad topics and try to see how something they are interested in fits within a broad topic. Otherwise, you might be looking at a lot of copy and paste. They should be expected to find many more sources from different perspectives than you would expect without Internet access. They also have to work harder to evaluate what they find.
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