When you have technology mistakes in the classroom , do you wish you knew how to correct them for next time?
Take a look at these tips from Jerry Swiatek, a district technology specialist, as he covers the top 10 mistakes that educators make when using technology. To learn more about correcting these common mistakes, watch his on-demand webinar titled Top 10 Mistakes Teachers Make When Using Technology and How to Avoid Them.
1) Are you putting technology ahead of the lesson?
Why not build and design a lesson first … then integrate technology into it. You can turn a “good” lesson into a “great” lesson with technology integration.
2) Are you still asking kids to “hand in” work rather than “publish” their work.
Students should be creating (not just for themselves) but also for others. They will be proud of their work because someone else might see it.
3) Are you intimidated to ask for help from experts?
Networking is vital. We aren’t the only experts … bring other individuals into the classroom to help share information.
4) Are you buying into the “Digital Natives” hype?
Don’t assume that all kids know how to use technology.
5) Are you not backing up your data?
There are so many options for educators to use that are free, or relatively cheap. External hard-drives and online syncing tools … find something that works for you.
6) Are you thinking everything will go perfect the first time?
This rarely ever happens. Remember Murphy’s Law and always have a plan B, C, and D!
7) Are you not giving the kids a choice?
Give guidelines and options… but give up some control. Let them choose what technology to use, allow them to take charge of their learning.
8) Do you have variety with your teaching style?
Kids have access to information easily and can look up facts instantly… how do you see this changing how you teach in the classroom?
9) Do you exempt yourself from role modeling good digital citizenship behavior?
It’s up to us to show good copyright behavior… teach students that it’s not OK to steal and use things as their own. Students have instant access to information, so we must teach them how to give credit where it is due.
10) Are you disconnected from using technology?
Engage students by using technology with hands-on activities. Give them the opportunity to be creative in the classroom and beyond in the future.
If any of these answers were yes, congratulations! You’re normal. Hope you learned something new in this article. Leave a comment with how you were able to use these lessons to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.