Monday, December 10, 2012

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

    When using technology in the classroom, the same factors for effective strategies are true as traditional methods.  The technology must meet the needs of various learners, with audio, video and accessibility. It must also keep the learner engaged and motivated to learn the topic.  If the technology breaks down, the teacher must have a back-up plan, just as in the traditional classroom. 
     Integrating web based technologies makes me think about which tools are the best to use in my environment, for my audience, and for my teaching style. While PowerPoints aren't always the answer, new technologies such as Camtasia may be more flexible and better hold the attention of the audience. 
      I've met my goals by adding to my toolbelt of available technologies to use.  I find myself getting stuck on the same few technologies (Blogs, Wikis, PowerPoints), and rarely venturing out of my comfort zone.  I used a Weebly for an assignment, as well as revisited Webquests. 
     I would like to re-do my StAIR project to be a truly stand alone resource. If done well, perhaps on Camtasia or a Weebly, I believe it could be a good resource for teachers learning CCSS and literacy resources in the content areas.