“It is difficult to keep up with the ever-growing list of available technology tools. The authors present a comprehensive guide that will help any educator find the best tools to ensure the purposeful integration of technology in the classroom.” Eric Sheninger, Author of Digital Leadership and International Speaker Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education “This is a well thought out, practical guide on tech integration for teachers at all levels of the spectrum. It gives flexible considerations and planning points for individuals on solo dives or for small/large groups redesigning their learning spaces and approaches to teaching.” Derek L. McCoy, Principal Spring Lake Middle School, 2014 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year “This is an extraordinary example of how “one book fits all.” Here is one of the richest, most comprehensive and user-friendly collections of practical ideas, strategies and tips for using technology to reach and teach today’s students. While technology will continue to change, this book — with its emphasis on ways to use technology to maximize student involvement and learning — will be invaluable for many, many years to come.” Dr. Boyce Heidenreich, Former Principal and Administrator “With a focus on teaching 21st century skills, the strategies presented in this workbook not only strengthen a student’s ability to engage technology, but also to problem solve through creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. This book is an essential item for the successful integration of technology, PBL, and soft skill acquisition. Teaching the Last Backpack Generation is a catalyst for good teaching and learning!” Terry L. Roller, Director of High School Education Tuscaloosa City Schools
Introduction : Introduction
My own interest in using technology in the classroom began years ago as a new teacher at the secondary level. Unfortunately, I was not able to match my students’ technological savvy and often felt intimidated as I tried to keep up. On top of that, I spent so much time preparing lessons, grading papers, and working with students in extracurricular activities, I struggled to find the time to even start looking for new ideas.
As I forced myself to learn more and more about technology, I found out how using digital technologies allowed me to better engage with my students and increased their motivation to learn. I discovered so many tools that helped me reach my struggling learners in new and exciting ways. However, ...