For Jon Stowe’s students, technology has created opportunities to be more involved classroom learing.
“Technology integration has completely changed the learning experience in my classroom both in terms of the way in which I teach and manner in which my students now experience learning. Learning is no longer something that happens to my students. With the increased presence of technology, learning is an experience that students are more involved in now than ever. I have used technology to provide more meaningful ways for students to communicate with me and their classmates. Communication is more frequent, more intentional, and much more timely, which allows me to personalize learning experiences to fit the unique and respective needs of my students. There is no longer a “back row” in the classroom as technology allows students countless ways to interact and participate in their own learning experience without leaving their seat. The increased use and availability of technology has made me more available to my students while opening up the lines of communication tenfold. Above all else, I love how technology has provided opportunities for students to be more engaged in learning where their experiences are valuable, personalized, and unique. ” – Jon Stowe
So what has been most rewarding?
“The most rewarding outcome from the integration of technology is the increase in opportunities for students to experience learning and to demonstrate what they have learned. The increased presence of technology in my classroom has changed their overall learning experience. Using technology to create an environment for learning where students are more intentionally involved and engaged has provided a welcoming spark in my teaching routine. I enjoy using a variety of tools to help make learning more fun for students. We have experienced learning in many different ways with the help of kahoot, secretive, nearpod, peardeck, and most recently class kick.” – Jon Stowe
Any advice for teachers new to integrating technology?
“For teachers who are just getting started with technology integration I would recommend that they find one area or tool to focus on. Technology is only as beneficial as the user is trained to use it. It can be overwhelming to try and use every available bit of technology at once. The quality of the use of technology far outweighs the quantity of technological tools being used. Simply stated: find something that you are comfortable with and can do well and master this before branching out.” – Jon Stowe
That is certainly excellent advice. Here’s to a great 2016!