"TEACHERS NEED TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY SEAMLESSLY INTO THE CURRICULUM INSTEAD OF VIEWING IT AS AN ADD-ON, AN AFTERTHOUGHT, OR AN EVENT." – HEIDI-HAYES JACOBS
For millennial students, technology is a part of their everyday lives. Outside of school, it is how they communicate and create. Thus, no longer is technology considered engaging or acceptable to use simply to enhance instructional practices, but must be expanded and used as a tool for active learning. Due to their emersion in technology at a very young age, today's students are very driven by its use and find value in it as a learning tool that connects their everyday lives with their education at school.
Part of using technology in a classroom also requires the teachers to instruct students about digital citizenry and understanding the proper use of technology. Below is a brief video I constructed for ECI 546 that defines digital citizenry and its significance.
Throughout my classes in the NLGL program, I was exposed to many technology tools that enhance learning and engage students. Wikis and blogs encourage students to collaborate and communicate their thoughts and ideas. Animato or Toondoo can be used to create and publish videos to demonstrate what they learned. Digital History and other historical data sights are great for conducting historical research and accessing primary documents.
Attached is a document that discusses the use and potential value of wikis in the study of history. The paper was written as a research proposal for ECI 526. Wikis are wonderful 2.0 technologies for the classroom because they are easy to use, foster collaboration between students and instructors, and can be used to post multimedia content.
TPACK Illustration: http://iteacher.pxl.be/sites/default/files/imagecache/groot/wysiwyg_imageupload/1/tapck_1_0.png