Using technology is NOT more engaging.
No matter the medium, we must design for student engagement. Technology does not create engagement, your lesson design does. While anything new may energize students for a short period of time, there is no substitute for designing high-quality lessons.
Making the shift to digital is NOT about doing what you’ve always done in a digital format. Digital allows us to rethink our tasks.
“When students can access information, I can talk less.”
How the class functions should be different when students have access to devices. First, students no longer need to wait for you to know what to do. Students walk in the door, go to Google Classroom and get to work.
When moving to digital tools it is a mindset shift. Our first question should not be “how do I take all my stuff I have and put it online?” Instead,
Change is slow,
Change is hard,
Change is messy.
We will get it wrong and things won't work.
And yet, great success begins with small steps!It is far, far easier to rely on tools and methods we know.
Expect more from our students.
Prepare, prepare, prepare, prepare, and execute!
Change the expectations!
Reflect upon and consider the path and the outcome . . .Change the energy level!
wash, rinse, repeat . . .
plan, teach, assess, reflect, repeat . . .