When I think about integrating classroom technology, I look at the concept from a big picture perspective first. I believe technology use in the classroom should be based fully on well thought-out strategies and an underlying understanding of learning goals.
When I describe my big-picture thinking process, I ask myself basic questions like:
Once I’ve given these questions some thought, I think about how I might teach to visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles. Here’s where my SMART Board tool rocks!
SAMR is a useful framework you can reflect upon when you want to design and evaluate tasks that target higher order thinking skills and student engagement using tech tools. The SAMR concept was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. His tech integration framework helps thousands of savvy teachers to envision, develop and design motivating learning experiences so students can attain higher…
In this article about the importance of having SMART Certified Trainers at each school, Make the Grade Training Solutions is mentioned for their significant contribution to the Wisconsin Technology Initiative professional development program.
The Wisconsin Technology Initiative provides grants to K-12 schools and other educational facilities in Wisconsin to help advance their use of technology. Through the increased availability of interactive whiteboards and more tech savvy teachers, schools in the state will now have the tools necessary to become engines of innovation that improve student engagement and academic achievement. The Wisconsin Technology Initiative helps reduce the financial and professional development barriers that educators face when attempting to integrate instructional technology into their classrooms…
…This past summer, SMART Training Centers, including Make the Grade Training Solutions, teamed up with the Wisconsin Technology Initiative for implementation training and certification of 73 SMART Certified Trainers.