My colleagues and I attended recently attended an excellent conference about technology in education. The best part was the keynote speaker, Alan November. November is the author of several books, including Who Owns the Learning:
If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Moreover, if you have a chance to hear November speak live, you MUST go! Alan November is intelligent and insightful. He’s also hysterical. Seriously, my stomach hurt because I laughed so much (he must have missed his calling as a stand-up comedian).
I took copious notes during November’s presentation, but my biggest take-away from the day:
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS start with the curriculum! What do the students need to learn? Technology should provide clarity to the assignment design. Also, technology should help us teachers provide effective and timely feedback as we assess our students.
There is a lot of glitz and hype when it comes to educational technology. It is important for teachers to be informed consumers – and clearinghouses for our students.
How do you use technology in your classroom? I would love to hear about some of your successes.