Great question! Many of my students received iTouches for Christmas. They immediately asked me what apps they should get for school. I search and researched for the best 4th grade appropriate educational apps out there. Truth is: THEY should have done the searching. Instead of me spoonfeeding them names of apps, I should have had them go through the process of finding and evaluating the usefulness of apps.
I was one of those teachers, unable to envision how technology could be used in the classroom. Then I stepped back and considered two things: authentic practice and purpose. Whenever I wanted the students to construct demonstrate understanding in an authentic and purposeful way, it almost ALWAYS came back to technology. I asked myself, "What do I write? How do I research a topic? How do I communicate my thinking?" It's looking at what the students will REALLY use, not just in the next grade, but in life beyond school.
Thanks for opening this discussion.
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