When you use technology in the classroom, do you always use it in the best way? Here are 10 common mistakes made when using technology in the classroom. There’s no better time to learn than now!
10.) Putting technology ahead of the lesson.
Build and design a lesson first, THEN integrate technology into your lesson. You can turn a good lesson into a great lesson with technology integration. Just keep in mind the focus of the lesson isn’t the technology, rather the technology should be used to enhance your current lesson plans.
9.) Asking students to “hand in” work rather than “publish” their work.
Rather than submitting work the old-fashioned way, why not have students turn in their work as a blog post on their own personal blogs or websites? Students should be creating digital content, not just for themselves but also for others. Allowing them to put their work out there helps them practice digital citizenship.
8.) Not connecting with experts.
Networking is vital. Bring in other individuals into the classroom to help share information.
7.) Buying into the “Digital Natives” hype.
Don’t assume that all kids know how to use technology. Some may be just as new to it as you were when you first learned.
6.) Not backing up data.
There are so many options for educators to use that are free, or relatively cheap. External hard-drives or online syncing tools will both do the job, just find something that works for you.
5.) Thinking everything will go perfect the first time.
In the real world, things rarely go perfectly as planned the first time around. Remember Murphy’s Law and always have a plan B, C, and D!
4.) Not giving the students a choice.
Give guidelines and options but also give up some control to your students. Let them occasionally choose what technology to use, and allow them to take charge of their learning.
3.) Not changing your teaching style.
We need to adapt as needed for our students. For example, students have access to information instantly and can look up facts in a split second if needed. How do you see this changing how you teach in the classroom?
2.) Not modeling good digital citizenship behavior.
It’s up to us to show good copyright behavior. Teach your students that it’s not OK to steal and use things as their own. They have instant access to information, so it’s especially vital that we teach them how to give credit where credit is due.
1.) Not using technology at all.
Engage students by using technology with hands-on activities. Give them the opportunity to be creative in the classroom and beyond in the future.