Getting Edtech Integration Right

The ins and outs, ups and downs, and rights and wrongs of integrating educational technology.

​Steps to Meaningful, Transformative Technology Integration

How does a teacher go about moving from her current practice, which may include some use of technology, to a practice that takes full advantage of the affordances of technology and leverages it to truly transform her teaching and her students’ learning? 1) Start by creating a CMS (Content...

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Certain Must-Haves for Successful Edtech Integration in Schools

There are certain ideas in educational technology integration that are essential and therefore should be embraced by any school that pursues it. What these actually look like will and should vary from school to school as each school must decide what its priorities and goals are. 1) An umbrella...

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A More Intentional Personal Learning Network (PLN)

A More Intentional Personal Learning Network (PLN) Whether you realize it or not, you have a Personal Learning Network (PLN). Everyone does. It consists of your colleagues, your classmates, anyone you come into contact with at a conference or meeting, someone you casually meet from another...

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13 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your School

1) Rotate leadership positions (dept chair, committee chair, deans, etc.) Even the best department chair gets tired after 5 years. A shakeup in leadership positions has a number of benefits: It gives other teachers the opportunity to show what they can do; it facilitates the introduction of new...

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Process, Not Event

I was listening to a story on NPR recently about the collection of saliva samples from 100,000 patients and what they were able to learn from it by looking at these individuals' medical histories. They were interviewing a medical researcher, a Nobelist, talking about disease. She said, "Disease...

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What is a PLE (Professional Learning Environment)?

Not to be confused with a PLC (Professional Learning Community), which is a small group of educators working together on a specific task, a PLE is how a school approaches professional learning and change, and how it involves the faculty in this process. A successful school depends on high-quality...

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How to Get Tech Integration Going

In my blog post about what schools are doing wrong in how they integrate technology, I listed the following 7 points as guidelines to how to do it right. Below I elaborate. 1) Separate the integration function from the technology department, or at the very least separate it from the technical...

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Tools Teachers Need to Know to Integrate Edtech

While mastering the tools of educational technology is essential, it is by no means the only thing teachers need to understand in order to meaningfully and appropriately integrate technology into their teaching. This post, then, is merely meant to highlight the categories of tools I believe it is...

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10 Ways that Schools Get Edtech Integration Wrong

Technology integration is all the rage now, as it should be. Unfortunately, most schools are getting it wrong. Here’s why: Under the auspices of the Technology DepartmentThe first mistake that schools make is placing the technology integrationist under the auspices of the technology department....

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