Over the last few weeks we have learned various applications and websites to use to bring technology into the classroom. As part of our assignments for this class we will be creating lesson plans that integrate technology. Essentially, we have come to the Now What? part of the semester, where we start showing that we can appropriately integrate technology as aid in our students’ learning.
A few weeks ago, I had chosen the second grade science standard about erosion. At first I did have some ideas, but that was before all the options we had learned since! Needless to say, tonight I was feeling a bit like this:
But after asking my professor my questions and speaking with him about my concerns, I remembered the overarching theme I have seen throughout all the articles I have read and videos I have watched: the technology we use needs to be appropriate to what we are teaching. It is meant as an aid to enhance our lessons, and it is supposed to fit in naturally. Remembering this helped me focus on just the applications that made sense to what I am planning to teach. And that made all the difference!
Consequently, I left class feeling much more like this: