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Baby Steps Toward Including Technology in the Classroom
This week as part of an assignment in my credential program, I was asked to answer the following questions: How do we embrace change in educational settings with reference to technology? How can we help others to embrace this change from the early adopters to the colleagues who have trouble attaching documents to emails? I was very inspired by this assignment and decided to share my thoughts with you here:
I often have students ask me questions that I do not know the answer to. History is such a large subject mater that it is impossible to ask a teacher to know everything there is to know about history. For this reason, at the start of the year, one of the first things I tell my students is this: "I am human. I will make mistakes. I will not know everything. And I will learn with you." It is important to allow your students to know that you too will be learning and to show a sense of vulnerability.
I feel that this allows for an easy open door to technology in the classroom. When a students ask me a question I do not know the answer to, I do not shy away from it and I am not taken aback. I welcome the fact that my student has expressed interest in deepening their knowledge of history and I respond to their question by saying: "Google it. You tell me the answer and let's learn together." I find that my students jump at the opportunity to take their phone out and am pleased when they actually research for the answer. I welcome this opportunity to grow in knowledge and believe that with technology, students can just have a deeper knowledge of content.
I encourage my colleagues to embrace the idea of using technology as a tool to expand knowledge and encourage the adoption of research based projects and intrinsic motivation. If you give students a choice in what they learn, they will be more inclined to expand their knowledge and do research on a subject of their choice. Including research into your classroom is a small way to include technology in the classroom and is a great step toward becoming a technologically savvy educator.
Teacher candidate at CSU, San Marcos.
Below is my educational Pinterest Board. Check it out to see where I get some of my ideas!