#1 Basics – 21 Things for Teachers

When I plan my lessons and intentionally integrate the technology standards into my activities, the students are better equipped for real world application of those skills. If the technology standards are added to a lesson as an after thought or included by mere accident, students are not gaining the true and skills that are essential for them to acquire.

As technology continues to progress more and more students will rely on mobile devices as their primary electronic device. As mobile devices evolve it is allowing app developers to make it possible to do most anything on a tablet or mobile device.  This allows for on the go interactions across the globe, information at anytime, and completion of tasks whenever someone has a few minutes.

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Another key component that has become extremely helpful with everyone in a multitasked, on the go environment are short-cuts. It has allowed for a more streamlined approach to repeated tasks. A timesaver that most have come to take for granted.

With all of the advances in technology it has caused many people in many different fields to have to change the way tasks are completed. Doctors offices no longer have paper files on patients, records are computerized. If a doctor or nurse has been in the practice for a while this could have been a difficult change. The same goes for education. It is key that teachers use technology for more than just substitution, if all that technology does is make a paper worksheet electronic, it is doing very little good for the students. Teachers need to use the SAMR and TPACK models to ensure that lessons are student-centered and that real world problems are being assigned and solved.

The teacher of the future must be not only accomplished in instructional techniques and technology, but also in the integration of technology into the curriculum. (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~coesyl-p/principle3-article2.pdf, pg 1)

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