|This debate student is taking video |
of his extemporaneous speech
using an iPad Mini to practice and
In any school there are people who are more technology savvy than others. This group of teachers is a fairly normal sample of technology understanding that could be typically seen in most schools. What has made them so successful in implementing the technology in such a relatively short amount of time?
|This 7th grade student is using TapTap Blocks App to |
find the surface area of 3-D figures on an iPad Mini.
|This 6th grade student is using Nearpod to participate |
in a class discussion about Early trade Routes
using a Chromebook.
Finally, there has been a level of accountability for teachers and students to use the devices in the classroom that has helped everyone to push themselves to use them daily in classroom activity. These teachers have put forth an amazing effort to take risks and to get comfortable with the technology along side the students. We have had multiple all-day "Technology Days" where teachers get to showcase their efforts with technology use in their regular lessons for members of the community during the school day. The teachers have risen to the occasion and prepared instruction that uses these devices effectively. I have been so impressed by how resourceful they have been in finding great tools and applications for their students. To view the Twitter Feed from our latest Technology Showcase check #mtjordanrocks.
When reflecting upon the possibilities available to the teachers and students at Mount Jordan Middle School, I see that technology can help teachers teach more effectively and students learn more effectively. The technology on its own is not the answer. I think of a well crafted musical instrument. If played by a skilled musician, it can make wonderful music that inspires all who hear. Conversely, if played by someone who doesn't have these skills- the music is not so inspirational. If we teach teachers to play the Chromebook or the iPad- they will be able to use it to improve teaching and learning and hopefully inspire. Without that understanding, it's just a device that distracts- or does nothing at all.