Sunday, November 4, 2007

50 Ways to Encourage the Use of Technology by Maine Learners

This is a brainstorming session. Simply add your ideas, feeling free to "piggyback" on earlier ideas. Perhaps at some point the list can be refined and consolidated into a list of 50.

As ideas are added in comments, I'll paste them in this post, giving credit to the originator.

Here's a start:

50 Ways to Encourage the Use of Technology by Maine Learners

1. Connect at where the learner is, not where we think they should be. (Jim Burke)
2. Use user-friendly applications (JB)
3. It is okay to ask for help and to make mistakes (Michael Richards)
4. Use common language not "geek-speak" (MR)
5. Incorporate technology into familiar situations (MR)
6. Provide compelling and meaningful reasons for learning and using technology (Cynthia Curry)
7. Students can become the handy ambassadors of technology usage. (Kern Kelley)
8. Do not be afraid. (Deborah White)
9. Model you own use of tech tools. (based on Will Richardson at ACTEM) (DW)
10. Remember the words of Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus series, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" (DW)
11. Remember what you feel like when YOU learn something new. (Ed Latham)
12. Include an atmosphere of fun and exploration in as many activities as you can. (EL)
13. Never underestimate the power of play. (EL)
14. Get comfortable with students being in charge of their learning with your role being to set things up and assist them on their journey. EL)
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5 comments:

mrichme said...

*It is okay to ask for help and to make mistakes
*Use common language not "geek-speak"
*Incorporate technology into familiar situations

CC said...

Provide compelling and meaningful reasons for learning and using technology.

Kern Kelley said...

Students can become the handy ambassadors of technology usage.

Mrs. W. said...

~Do not be afraid.

~Model your own use of tech tools. (based on Will Richardson at ACTEM)

~Remember the words of Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus series, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"

Ed Latham said...

Remember what you feel like when YOU learn something new

Include an atmosphere of fun and exploration in as many activities as you can.

Never underestimate the power of play.

Get comfortable with students being in charge of their learning with your role being to set things up and assist them on their journey.