• Handbook of Emerging Technologies for LearningAnnotated

    Emerging Technologies for Learning. I believe that this is a great resource for someone who is thinking about emerging their classroom in technology. There are many questions that need to be answered before a teacher can confidently believe that the technology will enhance the lessons and the learning.

The handbook goes step-by-step in convincing someone the power of technology and suggestions for how to incorporate it. I think the most important area is evaluation. How do you know that the technology is adding true value to your classroom and not just an entertainment factor? This is addressed in the quote below.

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of technology use in teaching and learning brings to mind Albert Einstein’s statement: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”. When we begin to consider the impact and effectiveness of technology in the teaching and learning process, obvious questions arise: “How do we measure effectiveness? Is it time spent in a classroom? Is it a function of test scores? Is it about learning? Or understanding?”

I hope it is not based on the function of a test score, but sadly that is often the direction of education. I am a strong believer in using technology in the classroom to make the learning relevant and personal for the students. However, sometimes my word and examples are not strong enough motivation for someone to consider thinking outside the blackboard. This is going to be one of the first resources I point other teachers towards.
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About Lisa Butler

Middle school geography teacher, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of purposeful technology and am creative with their application. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading children's books, baking with a toddler sidekick, running around, or dreaming of traveling.
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