Integrating edtech into any classroom is a worthwhile pursuit. Technology connects our students to learning in fun and unique ways. It's not always easy to manage, though. That's why any tech teacher needs a solid list of edtech survival tips for navigating through the edtech jungle and all its paths and pitfalls. To this end, author Shelly Sanchez Terrell has provided the following Slideshare presentation she calls Survival Tips for Teaching With Technology.
Shelly is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the Founder of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. The edtech survival tips she presents here come from a wealth of experience in the edtech field.
This presentation contains lots of practical advice on choosing and using edtech in any classroom. It begins with observation and with knowing students' behaviour.
What are they using for technology now? What interest and excites them? How can it be used for better learning. Lots can be learned from doing interviews and taking surveys about technology use.
Next you get suggestions for tools an activities that will help you pinpoint exactly what kind of edtech to use. You can explore fields like:
VLEs (virtual learning environments)
Building an edtech community
It won't always be smooth sailing. Technology fails sometimes, and you need to know how to handle it. Shelly provides sensible edtech survival tips for that too.
All in all, this is a simple and informative list of tips. Teachers either using edtech now or looking at the possibility will find lots of ideas for success here. If you need some quick practical advice that won't fail you, check out Shelly's awesome presentation.