Integration Nation

As schools are feeling the push for more technology usage, many teachers are becoming buried and left behind in all that tech.  How should you implement student usage of those shiny new iPads? What’s the best way to integrate that software program your administrator can’t stop talking about?

Focus, literally. Find one item you feel confidant you can learn. Focus on becoming an expert on that one item. Even the great, master teachers at every school know that you can have TOO much on your plate.

So, what thing, what item? Well, technology in a classroom works best when its an integrated part of your instruction. What does that mean? Your class still runs as it did before but technology is just enhancing one aspect of it.

For example, maybe, your class is known for collaborative grouping. Your only wish is to add a technology piece and make it easier for groups to work at home. You may want to explore having groups work in Google Docs.  Different members can access and edit the same document at the same time. This means that no matter what time it is any group member can go online and work by themselves or collaboratively with their group.

Or, maybe you’re like me and the towering stacks of papers to grade reminded you of a giant tree that once lived.  I couldn’t stand all the papers and mess and… well, let’s just say I have an OCD problem. Enter Edmodo. Edmodo is an online site that allows students to post assignments to a teacher created class. The class is secure. Only individuals invited can enter and post. Students cannot email or post to each other without the teacher viewing it. You can also allow parents access to see their child’s work and any assignments you have posted.

Still struggling? Well, you’re on the computer with Google at your fingertips. You can do this. Find something simple, you believe you can achieve. And if you’re still struggling, here’s a great article by Linda Starr that has twenty-one super easy ways to start your classroom integration!

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About nicolehcraig

Nicole H. Craig has worked in Education in Orange County, Florida for over ten years. She has taught Reading, Language Arts, and Journalism to all types of students. You can follow her on twitter @nicolehcraig
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