This article is so dead on! I am going to bullet point the main 8 ways highlighted here and then link to the original article. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
1. Keep learning goals ahead of the technology.
Standards and targets first--- tech tools to enhance or support. Not the other way around.
2. Opt for the open-ended.
Use tech as a starting point and let them ask the questions and lead the learning.
3. Don’t let tech make learning easy.
If they can easily Google the answer--- the flaw may be in the questioning.
4. Take feedback seriously.
Real-time and rich feedback is available at the speed of light with many technology pieces. Use that to analyze and disaggregate information and use that to drive instruction.
5. Stay skeptical of individualized learning — for now.
Tech can be used to individualize lessons to a point, but ultimately the teacher has to drive that based on what he/she knows about a student. The software does not always know best.
6. Bring in student interests, authentically.
Passion drives motivation. Use what students love to drive them!
7. Start conversations.
Communication is a skill many students are missing. Use tech to drive academic conversations. Many don't know how to do that LOL, BTW, OMG!
8. Make it open, make it better.
Share, share, share. I am not a fan of Teachers Pay Teachers. I have friends who use it and others who sell on it. That is not for me. Call me a hippie. I share and enjoy grabbing and using resources of tech gurus across the world. Share what you are doing... someone will think it is awesome and try it.
Original Article: http://ideas.ted.com/theres-no-app-for-good-teaching/