Monday, April 14, 2014

From the EdTech web site

Teaching the New Tech Way

Project-based learning and a culture of collaboration fuel student success at a technology-centric high school in Pinckney, Mich.

How to Make New Tech Work

Integrating an always-available Internet can mean changing how teachers teach. Here are some essential steps.
  • Retrain your brain. Teachers need to become facilitators for knowledge, not primary sources, says Steve Keskes, director of Pinckney New Tech High School in Pinckney, Mich. That may require developing a broader awareness of the information resources that are available to their students, he adds.
  • Use class time more creatively. Teachers can extend the school day by using digital tools to record video lectures or audio podcasts for students to watch at home. This, in turn, frees up precious class time for group discussion and collaboration, says Tom McCurdy, Pinckney Community Schools' assistant superintendent for instruction, assessment and technology.
  • Be patient. It may take a while for all teachers to get up to speed on these efforts — and that's fine, says Michael Partridge, the district's instructional technology specialist. "We've just completed our second year of the one-to-one initiative, and I still have teachers telling me that they aren't really using this technology," he says. "I tell them, that's OK. When they're ready to use it, the technology will be there."

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