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A Must Have Checklist for Teaching with Technology

So you decided to give technology much more room in your teaching this year. Well, we are glad you decided to do so and we are even happier to offer you help ( for free ) to better integrate it into your classroom instruction. In fact no two wise educators would ever argue over the importance of technology in education, but the how, when and why(s) of such use is where views differ and discussions heat up.


Technology does not offer ready made recipes for teachers to use with their students. Sometimes a tool that works for  a certain teacher turns into a complete fiasco with another, even the same teacher can notice marked  differences in learning outcomes  of two  classes using the same technology.Hence, the importance of the  effective beforehand planning for teachers. They need to scrutinize the learning environment, evaluate the possbile learning outcomes, and set clear goals for using technology.

Below is a great flow chart created by Sue Leon Jones ( I found it through Shelly Terrell ) that will be of great help to you when using technology in your classroom. Try to get it downloaded or print it off and keep it on your desk as a constant reminder of what you need to consider when using technology with your students.

Click on the image to access the original checklist

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  1. I like that the conversation is changing towards thinking about why we're using the technology in the classroom and about letting kids take the biggest role in control of the technology. That helps us get rid of implementing "novelty" with our students like clowns jumping around in the front of the classroom trying to get their attention.

    I'd like to add some inherent changes that online tech brings to teaching. Anything posted in a learning environment with 24/7 access helps students have access to reviewing and continuing work; it also ramps up transparency, which most certainly increases accountability for both student and teacher (think time stamping and the permanency of text in public spaces).

    But, after reading Sue Leon Jones' chart, I still think we need to go further in our questioning when thinking about the purpose of technology in the classroom. We need to ask a whole other list of questions. I presented these at ECCO last year in my presentation about Google Docs. When thinking about integrating any tech, ask yourself:
    How will the technology support...
    media literacy
    digital citizenship
    social learning and communication
    critical thinking
    differentiation for learners who learn best textually, auditorily, kinesthetically?
    assessment and marking (teacher, self, and peer)

    There are subtler differences to pedagogy that are all wrapped up the choice and use of a particular tech. Some of those may be hard to spot until you've actually tried out the technology. Some of them include significant shifts in pedagogical teaching/learning methods. I really noticed this while using Google Docs. After asking the 18 years olds in my classes permission to share, here's some of my findings:


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