I am always interested to learn about what the experts say about technology integration. As Langwitches always provides thoughtful posts, tips and resources on this subject, I was interested to learn what she says on the subject of mistakes made when attempting to integrate technology into the classroom. Though are own school’s journey with the integration of technology has had its bumps, I feel like all in all, the only one of the mistakes we have made that she has mentioned has been #1: simple substitution.
However, I would argue that it is not really a mistake but a first step. Usually when you begin substituting technology, you see the potential for how it can transform the lesson, or at least the added value. For example, I remember when some of the science teachers discovered a whiteboard app as a substitution for the old acetates. They quickly realized that they could record their lessons and post the link to the student portal for those who missed the lesson or those who find it difficult to take notes while listening and want to revise their work. This quickly led to flipped classroom model, where the teacher could record lessons and spend more time with students during class. Add to that the ability to disseminate quick quizzes for formative evaluation. All of a sudden, before you know it, they are not at the front of the class but circulating among their students, pinpointing which ones are understanding and which ones may need a little more help.
The only mistake would be to stubbornly stay at the substation phase of the SAMR model and not embrace the transformative potential of technology. Technology for technology’s sake makes no sense, but technology as a tool to make your life easier and better? Yes, please!
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