Wednesday, May 23, 2018

List of Classroom Technologies

Many times when teachers find out that I have a degree in Instructional Technology, I get asked "So what are some technologies I can use in my classroom?" That is a rather tricky question for me to answer, because I get the impression that they think that I must be a font of knowledge of specific technologies due to my degree, but more importantly, I realize that they are asking for some new "bells and whistles" which they can add to their curriculum that will most likely be used either to entertain students (instead of to engage students) or will be implemented at a very low level of critical thinking. A better question to ask would be, "So I am using X technology in my classroom - do you have any suggestions on how to use it at a higher level of thinking?"

Recently on Twitter, I saw the following picture on Twitter of a compiled list of classroom technologies. 

Having completed my Ed.S degree in Instructional Technology two years ago and now soon-to-be entering an Ed.D program in the field in a few months, I found this list to be of great interest. As a result, for my own purposes, I transferred the above list onto a document, added a number of my own, and added hyperlinks to each of the technologies listed. 

I have now created a List of Classroom Technologies page to this blog:

List of Classroom Technologies

To be honest, more than half of the technologies listed I have never heard of before, and the other half either I have used slightly or have been wanting to try out. One of my summer goals is to look into a number of these technologies to see how they can be used to deliver Comprehensible Input and to initiate critical thinking in students. And let me reiterate again: 
  • Technology in and of itself is not a panacea nor a cure-all for classroom woes.
  • To eschew technology usage in a classroom is short-sighted, because technology is here to stay and is only going to become more prevalent in the lives of our students. In addition, our students ONLY know a world with technology, where most likely we teachers are of the generation where we can live without it.
  • Proper technology classroom implementation involves engagement, not solely entertainment. 
  • Just because one facilitates technology in one's curriculum does not mean that it is being facilitated properly.
  • Technology can never replace a human teacher.
Let me leave you with this statement with which I begin every technology presentation I deliver:

Are there any technologies which I have left off this list which you have found very beneficial in your classroom?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this great list. I've tried some of these items on your list, and wanted to check out others, so it's nice to have them all listed in one place to help keep my thoughts organized. A couple suggestions to add: For voice recording, I have used Google Voice and Educreation. I've also used Educreation as a presentation tool. It works best with iPads - not so great on laptops. For assessment, I've also worked some with EdCite and Edulastic, and know teachers who use them quite a bit and really like them so I'm hoping to spend more time with them. I also use Google Forms for assessment at times, as well as for surveys.

    Thanks for all the ideas you share on your blog, although I teach Spanish, not Latin, I've found your ideas very helpful!