I hear these words all the time. Teachers are busy people and time is a premium. There are a lot of reasons why technology usage should not fall victim to the, “I don’t have time,” mantra however, and the biggest of these is it gives us back time.
Time = change, and technology has most assuredly changed throughout time to make learning and teaching easier for all. The video is 5+ minutes long, but a great representation of the change in instructional media over time. Plus it’s a great blast from the past episodic memory clip.
Teachers are still stuck in the “sage on the stage” style of teaching. We really need to let go of the reigns and embrace our students’ potential to become masters of their learning. Are you beginning a new topic in your classroom?Why not let a student or two become detectives and explore kid-friendly search engines for websites and facts on upcoming topics? There is no better way to hook a class than by hooking the interest of some of their classmates. Let the experts share their findings with the class and spark a rich conversation.
Tired of lugging supplies all over? Stop doing it! Timers, calculators, music, and scratch pads can all be found online. Use your resources and you may just find you have more time to focus on the central ideas and the essential questions than on finding, arranging, and passing out materials.
Want to share new lessons and ideas with your fellow teachers? Do so! Load them on google docs and share them with 1 or 2 colleagues or the entire Twitterati, the choice s truly yours!
Want your students to work on a collaborative project and don’t want to waste time assigning Suzy Q to log in while the others watch and wait, allow them to use Google docs as well. They can co-author and co-present on any topic.
Technology is all about making life more convenient and helpful to man. So why is it that educators fight the paradigm shift that is technology integration? It’s time to stop wasting time making excuses why not to use it and start employing it to engage learners and save time for teachers!