Attempting to start something new can always be scary and being afraid that it won’t work can hamper the process. Technology is a great tool that when used correctly can take a basic concept and expand into a deep thinking conversation or search for curiosity that you do not have to have an answer for. You know what, that’s ok. I challenge you to do this if you are nervous about integrating technology in the classroom. Think of something you do in a normal class period and see if there is a way to modify that routine using technology. Do you have students take notes with paper and pencil? Maybe have them use an app like Show Me to record and add audio for student playback. Do you have students write an exit ticket before or at the end of class? Try Kahoot! or Socrative to generate instant feedback that allows students to discuss the results in real time. Do you want students to write summaries about their findings? Use Kidblog or My Big Campus to let students write summaries and comment on what other findings students came to. All of these address the reason you are using that technique in class but now taking it to a higher level of learning. The best part is, you were already doing these things, just revamping to what is now available.
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