Students today learn in ways we could never have imagined when we were children. Our students come to school expecting technology to be available and integrated into their day just as it is everywhere they go outside of school. Our kids use smartphones, computers and tablets from a very young age. They access the Internet, download and upload, edit and share photos, communicate and collaborate, and keep themselves entertained. They know the Internet is there 24 hours and day and they rely on the information it provides.
We have reached a point in education where, other than giving some instruction on how to run a piece of software, teaching kids how to use technology should no longer be our focus. Rather the goal is to teach them to be critical of what they read on the Internet, to learn to discern between what is valid from what is bunk. Further, we need to push them beyond simply accessing the Internet to search for facts and show them how to make connections to what they find and to make new meaning from what they have learned. Finally, we need to teach them how to ask questions and to take meaning and translate it into new innovations that will help to shape our world.
Are you ready to begin Integrating technology into your curriculum. Check out ten tools in the video below to help you get started!