Ten Technology Tools for Technology-Rich Learning
tools are useful in learning?
How can tools be integrated into lessons and units?
How can technology be used to address standards?
A tool is an instrument used for doing work. It can be anything that helps you accomplish a goal. Consider how tools can help your students do meaningful work.
Read Geo-Literacy: Forging New Ground from Edutopia. Think about all the ways that technology has been integrated into this project. Consider ways you could redesign this plan to fit a different school or library situation. Be sure to watch the QuickTime videos to learn more about the project.
Examine the linked pages to explore ways to engage students in learning through the use of technology tools into your classroom.
Ten Technology Tools
Use the following links to access Teacher Tap pages for each of the following Ten Technology Tools:
- Data/Calculation Tools & Technology
- Design Tools & Technology
- Discussion Tools & Technology
- Email Tools & Technology
- Handheld Devices in the Classroom
- Instructional Tools & Technology-Rich Learning
- Interactive Tools & Technology-Rich Learning
- Publishing/Visual Tools & Technology
- Multimedia Tools & Technology
- Writing Tools & Technology
Technology Tools in Learning
There are a wide range of tools available for students, educators, and librarians. The key is selecting materials that are effective, efficient, and appealing.
Justify Technology Tools
Consider the reason for selecting technology. Is the tool for instruction or communication? How will the technology tools help children learn or share their understandings? It's important that students do "real work." In other words, they need to be completing meaningful activities for a caring audience.
Creators from Edutopia. Notice that technology is in the background
of the projects. The children are active participants in real projects
that involve resources, information, and interaction.