Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A piece of Technology

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2: A Piece of Technology

A piece of technology that I would like to try is...... pause......

It is not so much what the technology piece is but HOW I plan to use it. In the past I have brought BYOD to my school. My principle and I were leading the way in our building by collaborating and creating a BYOD agreement. Here is a copy of it here if you would like (free).

The devices are in place. Students have brought iPods, phones and lap tops. It is not the technology device itself that I have discovered that is important, it is all how you use it. 
  • 98% of Canadian youth (16 to 24 years old) use the internet

    N-Gen’ers—individuals born between 1982 and 2003 (+2 years) —are exposed to more than 10 hours of media content a day, without taking into account time spent using the computer for school work or time spent texting or talking on a cell phone

    Email and instant messaging (IM) is used daily by 57% and weekly by 97% of 12 to 17 year olds in Canada
    -Stepping stones 

With those statistics in mind I plan to use the internet more effectively.

This year I plan to use Twitter.

My hope to use twitter is keep connected with our classroom account so parents can connect instantly. I hope to use twitter to connect to other classrooms in our board, province and country. 

This year I plan to use Skype.

I would like learning to be real and authentic. Asking real questions to a real person or group of people will make that learning real. I am excited as I have not done this before and I look forward to seeing the results that it will have.

This year I plan to be less paper.

I am not sure that I can commit to no paper or paperless but I can say that I hope to use less paper. I want to expand with google forums, evernote, class website, twitter, iPad apps etc.

It is not what you have for technology.......but how you use it!

How are you using technology this year?


  1. Hi Maria,

    My goal for several years has been to go less-paper instead of paper-less. My school isn't quite set up to be totally paperless, but I try to use as little as possible in the classroom. That, of course, does not mean that we don't use paper for arts and crafts, it just means I rarely photocopy sets of paper for all students!

    Have you used Skype in the Classroom in the past? I recommend you join the Skype in the Classroom community if you haven't yet: https://education.skype.com/ You can explore lessons that are already posted or create your own to link up with other classes and educators.


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