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Many a times I have noticed that while working with technology the technology tool overshadows the content to be taught.How can we gauge the impact of integrating technology in an early year setting where technology is new for both teachers and students?

Jun 30, 2016 12:04am

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-1
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Engagement


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    • Jul 1, 2016 2:45pm

      In my opinion conducting a separate session for how to use digital tools before integrating them would really be helpful. In early years setting as children need time to explore the functionality of technology therefore they should be given a lot of practice. Teachers must take time to select and evaluate technology, carefully observe children's use of digital tools, identify opportunities and problems and then make appropriate adaptations.

      • Jul 16, 2016 1:59pm

        Student-centered technology provides the biggest bang for the buck. A gradual introduction/integration before a full implementation could benefit both teacher and students. If comfortable doing so, you may choose to create a video tutorial (screenshots and narrated PowerPoint, or other preferred media) for supporting young students. You can utilize QR codes for students' to access the tutorial video. Students open the scan app, scan and view help video when they need a non-text, auditory operational reminder.

        • Jul 17, 2016 12:48am

          I agree when you say that "while working with technology, the technology tool overshadows the content to be taught". In general, if you don't know how to use some equipment like and IWB, using it can be distracting. It takes away from the learning of a content standard. One way of gauging (assessing) its use is whether or not a teacher is comfortable using it. So if you don't even know how to turn it on then don't use it. If you don't know how to "undo" what you did, use a different equipment. This might be one way of gauging the use of some technology in any classroom setting. So, if it takes away from the learning by students in general, find a different way of teaching without that technology.