Using Technology in Teaching and Learning
How do you integrate technology in the classroom?
by Amy Irace, Senior Academic Trainer, Follett School Solutions
You use your smart phone to take videos, your tablet to read books, and your computer to order groceries. But what do you do with technology in the classroom? Do you know how to integrate it into your instruction?
Dr. Reuben Puentedura’s SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model is one way of seeing how computer technology can impact teaching and learning. The SAMR model identifies student engagement as imperative. It encourages teachers to move beyond Substitution, where new technologies replace old ones. The ultimate goal is Redefinition where students take charge of their own education and use technology to create new tasks.
The debate over the pros and cons of implementing eBooks into schools is ongoing. While many schools have purchased eBooks over the past few years, many educators tell us that they are not being used. Supporting this, Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report revealed that 65% of students choose print books for pleasure reading even when eBooks are available.
Technology in the classroom today looks very different than it did a decade ago. Most important is how technology is used in teaching and learning. Teachers have instructional technology tools, such as Follett’s BryteWave™ K-12 Edition and Follett Shelf Classroom Connections™ to meet students where they are and help them progress in their learning.
Features like Grouping, Reading Paths, Lesson Messaging and My Notebook let teachers engage with students in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Understanding how and why to make the most of available technology is the challenge.
Follett offers professional development to teachers and librarians on various topics, such as Transforming Reading with Technology and Opening the Door to Close Reading. In these sessions, we explore the features of Follett’s instructional technology features and help you blend them with your personal pedagogy to truly transform the teaching and learning in your school.
Ms. Amy Irace is a Senior Academic Trainer for Follett. She has 16+ years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Title 1 teacher, college instructior and instructional coach (including instructional technology coaching). She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Reading. She also holds Language Arts, Middle School, ELL and Special Education certifications.
Second release: April 6, 2018