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ERIC Number: EJ1015316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Making Best Practices Better
Dappolone, Mike
Educational Leadership, v70 n6 p69-72 Mar 2013
It's easy to make excuses for not integrating technology into classes, and some of these excuses do have merit. If teachers plan on making the effort to overcome these difficulties, they must believe strongly in the strategies they select and stick to them long enough to at least test their effectiveness. Technology use is sometimes referred to as a best practice, just another among many, but the author wishes it were that simple. A stack of laptops or an interactive whiteboard is essentially useless if it simply replaces traditional pen-and-paper lessons without improving student learning. Instead of merely using technology for the sake of using it, teachers should see technology as an opportunity to make the best practices even better. Using technology will place new, unfamiliar, and often substantial demands on prep time, but in many cases, after an initial investment of time, the resources are available forever and require little time to maintain. Technology tools have become so user-friendly that it's easy enough to prepare lessons with worthwhile activities that integrate technology even if not a computer expert. The strategies Mike Dappolone uses are feasible for teachers at all levels of technological savvy. The following strategies are described: (1) build and maintain a class website; (2) reduce paper use; (3) use QR codes; (4) encourage online research; (5) share or create screencasts; and (6) use blogs to teach writing. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Language: English
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