Teaching Teachers to Integrate Technology
Learning how to integrate technology into lesson plans can be unnerving for educators. Here are some ideas to help them through the process:
- Dedicate Time: Sometimes the most difficult aspect to learning new technology skills is just simply finding the time. Allow teachers 5 or 10 minutes at the end of each staff meeting to try out new things. For instance, a list of Web 2.0 tools could be provided to them, and they can spend this time to view each one and discover their applications.
- Show and Tell: Encourage teachers to gather and share some of their technology best practices. This is a wonderful way for educators to study new tools and learn by example! Not to mention, it will begin to feel less daunting with the extra support. In fact, make an entire event out of it, including snacks or prizes, and make it something teachers really get into!
- Use Video Clips: I don’t know about you, but I am a visual learner. Sometimes, all it takes is viewing a short video for something to click and make sense. This Edmodo Overview video clip is a perfect example of this; the Web is full of informative videos just like it!
- Twitter: Honestly, Twitter is one of the greatest resources for 21st century educators. Encourage teachers to create an account (if they haven’t done so already), and follow some education technology leaders. They are constantly “tweeting” about current technology news, tools, and best practices. Here are a few we love to follow (don’t forget to follow us too- @PearsonK12Tech):
- Pinterest: Put together a Pinterest board for educators to collaborate on. This allows them to “pin” ideas together, providing them with a collective group of resources to go to when needed. Here’s an example of this: Education Technology Group Board. We even have our own ‘Technology in the Classroom’ board full of inspiration!
- Read about it: There are many ideas on how to integrate technology; you must do the research and then find what works at your school. HERE’S an article to get your search started.
What methods have you found to work best for teachers learning new technology?