Vision for 2012-2013 Technology in Schools

My goal this year is to train teachers to immerse our students in a 21st Century Classroom where they will create, think critically, collaborate, and communicate through student projects that are real-world relevant based on Common Core standards-driven curriculum.

Here are some great apps for 21st Century Skills and Literacies. which are powerful apps if used in meaningful ways.

I read an interesting article last night which asks the question, “Are Students Really Motivated by Technology?” and the answer is no, not really, after the newness has worn off.  Read this article and comment about what you think about students’ motivation and technology.

The real motivator for students is content and how well we as teachers design our lessons. Is the content relevant and interesting? Is there a problem that I can help solve by learning this? Am I able to socialize with other people while working?

Motivate your students this year by providing real world experiences and by designing learning experiences that let your students create, collaborate, think critically and communicate with others.

Give your students choices and when you lead professional development or work with other teachers, give them choice and voice. It is powerful if you as a student or as a teacher feel like you are being heard. Edmodo is one way that we can learn from other teachers by joining Professional Learning Communities, students can learn from one another by sharing ideas via Edmodo, and teachers and students can communicate with each other and provide valuable feedback about projects, classwork, homework, and assessments.

Here is another article that talks about choice and voice, which I train about often.

Have a wonderful 2012-2013 school year!

7 thoughts on “Vision for 2012-2013 Technology in Schools

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  2. Victoria Holt

    Fran,

    You did a fantastic job training us on a variey of IPad Applications. My favorite was sockpuppet.

    We are looking forward to your return this fall for some additinal IPad App training.

    Many thanks

  3. Casey Trotter

    I loved reading this blog and the articles that went along with it. I agree that technology in its self does not motivate students. I think that many teachers have just done things a certain way and are scared to try new things because we are a generation of people to scared to break technology. At least I know I am! The generation of kids these days are not afraid to explore, break, mess up and start over when it comes to computers, ipads, iphones, etc. I loved how the first article stated. “ways to motivate students in our classrooms shouldn’t start with conversations about technology.” This is so true.

  4. Shana

    I do a rotation for our first grade students on Venus Flytraps at my school. I was so excited to make our flipchart for it because I included all kinds of bells and whistles for my students. But the parts of my activity that they liked the most? Looking at the real Venus Flytraps, watching the Venus Flytrap eat the fly on my imbeded video, and creating their construction Venus Flytrap. I was a bit “disappointed” just like the article, because there is so much work involved in the making of a flipchart. I guess I forgot that this was only a tool for learning about the Venus Flytrap, not the actual Venus Flytrap! Technology is a tool we use and a great one but yes, motivation for learning lies in other discoveries, whether it be Venus Flytraps, voices, or choices.

  5. Kim

    I like that this article is about the usage of technology to enhance the classroom environment, and not that technology has to be the end all, be all for teaching. There are still some things that students need to be able to do and explore on their own. I think that students need to be able to know basic skills, while working together, and then they can begin to incorporate technology to express their ideas in a creative and novel way.

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