Instructional technology is the use of a variety of teaching tools to improve student learning. Explore technology and learn meaningful ways to incorporate it into your classroom.
Goodreads w/ Bryn Orum
Flipped Classrooms w/ Matt McLaughlin
Matt experiments with a “flipped” classroom. He records lectures that students watch at home. During class, he addresses “big issues” and “double checks” student understanding.
Blogger w/ Erin Parker
Erin uses Blogger.com in her environmental sciences course. Students discuss across class sections, access information via smartphones, and “bounce ideas” off one another.
iPads w/ Lynn Koresh
Lynn teaches in a school where every student receives an iPad. Lynn focuses her students’ game-based learning to they develop critical thinking skills, persistence, spatial reasoning, even mathematical problem-solving.
iPads w/ Sarah Hennessey
With her elementary students, Sarah uses iPads for a variety of activities. She prefers “kid-friendly” apps appropriate for younger students, like “touch and count” mathematics apps or those that help with small group work.
Facebook & Blurb w/ Mark Nepper
Mark’s students took photographs with smartphones, shared media via Facebook, and wrote poems accompanying digital media. Students then published a book from the their project using blurb.com.
Augmented Reality w/ Jim Mathews
Jim uses ARIS, the Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling platform, in his high school classes to design place-based investigations of local environmental and cultural phenomena.
Edmodo w/ Deborah Gradian
Edmodo is a social network, similar to Facebook, but designed for classroom use. Deborah uses Edmodo to engage students “where their interests lie,” and to support developing literacy skills.
iPads w/ Jill Strand
Jill discusses iPad affordances for collaborative learning with young children, including partnering, note taking, using apps to support writing, and media editing.
Wordpress w/ Kathleen Doherty
Kathleen uses the blogging platform Wordpress as a class website. She posts class schedules, ensures absent students receive notes and homework, and provides resources to support students’ interest-driven learning.