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How has technology in your classroom impact student learning and achievement?

I am very confident that both student learning and achievement can significantly improve when classroom technology is successfully implemented. 

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My school is in the process of getting an iPad cart ready for students.  When we can implement 1:1 with these, I am totally excited to try different things that students cannot do with a desktop computer in the lab as we have now.  Video, QR codes, whiteboard sharing, a plethora of apps!

Anne,

The apps are amazing to use in the classroom.  I agree, students need more exposure and practice with other technology devices.  Tell me more about QR codes. 

I work at Northern VA CC in Alexandria, VA we have deployed 3 iPad carts for use by faculty and students.  The iPads are an awesome resource for use in the classroom.  They engage students and help the professor to make the classroom more intearactive.  There are tons, and tons of content specific and non-content specific apps we use.  I love the iPad carts.  We are currently testing out use of an Apple TV with the cart so that instructors can be more mobile in the classroom with their iPads via AirPlay.  Good luck with tech use!

Holly,

It is great to hear that students have the availability to technology in the classroom.  Within the last few years, Apple has taken the lead in technology, thanks to Steve Jobs.

Yes Apple has, although there is competition out there, I find that the Apple products are the most commonly know and the easiest to integrate into classroom lessons.  I am really looking forward to what the future holds in terms of technology offerings in education.  I wish more people had access to all the great educational technologies that companies like Apple have to offer.  Thanks for replying to my post. 

Your welcome.  Apple has definitely made a significant impact in education and especially around the globe.

David,

I agree with you that technology is an excellent tool teachers can use to enhance instruction.  An issue at times is when technology breaks down and the lack of resources to remedy the situation can cause a barrier to learning.  With the tremendous amount of budget cuts technology is often placed at the bottom of the "to-do list" in certain school districts. 

Chris, it is unfortunate that the cuts have to happen.  However, grants can help to assist classrooms in obtaining technology.  

I believe the key point to successful integration is the blending of the content and pedagogy with the technology.  I found the following article veryhelpful.

 

Harris, J., Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. (2009). Teachers' technological pedagogical    content

            knowledge and learning activity types: Curriculum-based technology

            integration reframed. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 41(4),

            393-416.

Lenni,

I agree that having the technology embedded within the curriculum is important. For example, at my school discovery education videos, Khan academy, brainpop activities, etc. are woven within the lessons for students and then reinforced during instruction.

Sasha, I agree.  Lessons can be enhanced when technology is used for enrichment or even to help differentiate instruction.

David, in the recent ASCD Smartbrief, the following article was listed: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/dispelling-one-to-one-myths-andrew-mar....

 It describes the myths around using iPads in the classroom.

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