“Think of educational technology tools as a light switch in a dimly lit room. If you walk into a room without flipping on this light switch, you can probably still accomplish the task you set out to complete when you entered the room. Maybe you sit down to read a book. You stumble around to find a comfy chair, prop up your feet, open the book and settle in to read your next favorite novel. Can you read the book? Sure, although you’ll most likely strain your eyes trying to read the words. Could you enhance your reading experience by turning on the light? Absolutely! When used well, educational technology tools can enhance the learning experience for your students much like flipping on a light switch can improve your encounter with a great book.
You may say, skeptically, ‘well, Bethany, humans have been reading words and interpreting images for much longer than the light bulb and electricity have existed, and teachers taught without using educational technology tools.’ You’re absolutely right! We didn’t start using light bulbs to illuminate our homes because candles or lanterns stopped working. We use light bulbs and electricity that powers to them enhance our lives int eh same way teachers can use technology tools to enhance the learning environment for our students.”
So, what can you expect to take away from Illuminate?
- Practical tips for using technology in the classroom
- Strategies to promote student engagement in content
- Ideas to encourage students to explore, create, communicate, collaborate, and think critically in all classrooms
- Methods of assessment that promote feedback and growth
- Strategies to use technology to motivate students
- Tips on designing meaningful lessons using technology
- Thoughts on how teachers can use technology to reflect on and grow in our craft