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Alliance President Bob Wise Gives Three Tips for Integrating Technology in the Classroom

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January 25, 2012 08:32 pm

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In an interview for the High School Notes blog from U.S. News and World Report, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise discusses Digital Learning Day and gives three tips on integrating technology into the classroom.

Wise explains that integrating technology into a high school classroom isn’t a one-step process. “You can’t just slap a netbook [computer] on top of a textbook and say, ‘Great, now we have technology,” Wise says.

He notes that digital learning starts with teachers, whose performance is enhanced by technology-not the other way around.

But how can teachers effectively use technology in the classroom-not just on Digital Learning Day, but anytime? Here are his three tips:

  • Plan ahead: “When a school says, ‘OK, we want to use technology better,’ you have to develop your goals and what learning outcomes you’re trying to reach,” Wise says.
  • Try something new: One idea that has seen great results, says Wise, is the “flipped classroom.” With this setup, lectures and homework are reversed. Students listen to a webcast or recording of the teacher’s lecture at home, and then they will come to class and work on projects and problem-solving activities related to the lecture with the teachers. With this system, says Wise, “The teacher is able to engage with each student and immediately determine what their needs are.”
  • Become an educational designer: “For the last 100 years, teachers have essentially been the sage on the stage,” Wise says. “They’re the only access point of knowledge.” Now, however, teachers are more like designers, who get to choose and develop what kinds of content their students access and which technologies they use.

For more detail on each of these tips, read the full article from U.S. News and World Report’s High School Notes blog.

And, as Digital Learning Day rapidly approaches, we encourage you to take advantage of teacher toolkits for additional resources as well as browse guest blog posts from the Digital Learning Day Education Working Group.

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