3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson via TeachThought

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“3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson

by Sandra L. Love, Ed.D., mentoringminds.com.

In today’s classroom, we have moved beyond teaching reading, writing and mathematics through rote memorization.

We must push students to dig deeper and ask clear, thoughtful questions so they build the critical thinking skills essential for success in school, college and life. Technology has played a huge role in the development of the modern classroom, progressing from something that’s “cool” or “different” to a key piece of the critical thinking puzzle.

While technology is an important part of the education equation, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Teachers play a bigger role than ever in developing an engaging well-rounded curriculum, though integrating technology into the mix presents its own unique set of challenges. Many teachers have been reluctant to replace their print materials due to cost and dissatisfaction with the available digital options. According to the MDR 2014 State of the K–12 Market Report, there’s a growing demand for solutions that improve teaching and personalized learning and educators are willing to consider new instructional models.

So, how do we build an engaging curriculum based on the components of critical thinking, while incorporating technology into the mix – without sacrificing the basics? Here are a few simple tips to integrate technology into almost any lesson.

3 Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson

1. Think Visual–Or Help Students To Do So 

There is a wealth of free programs that allow students to incorporate visuals into their class work.

For example, programs like Easel.ly can be used to create infographics to enhance history papers or scientific experiments. Animoto, a video program that turns your pictures into video, can be used to create book reviews or book trailers, which can transform an ordinary book report, essay, math project, or art portfolio pice into a fun and engaging multimedia experience. Technology is nothing is not visual.

2. Blog All About It–Before, During, & After Learning

Journaling is a classic critical thinking instructional strategy that helps students independently deliberate on a teacher-prompted topic.”

Read the entire post here.

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