Integrating Technology in the Classroom: How to for Teachers

New Teacher Survival Guide Series
Installment Eight
TutaPoint's New Teacher Survival Guide series is produced to help teachers new to the classroom navigate their first few months on the job.  
A teacher’s first year is often the most challenging. Learning how to manage a classroom, design lesson plans that work for students, cooperate with faculty and administrators, and manage the time to perform all of these tasks and more is difficult for entering teachers. This new teacher guide offers tips for new teachers and strategies for new teachers to help your first year be successful in seven critical areas.
New Teacher Tips: Integrate Technology in the Classroom

Educators walk a fine line integrating technology in the classroom, especially new teachers. Why? Here are a few challenges.

§  Experienced senior educators (and administrators) aren’t as familiar with technology, and tradition resists change.
§  Reduced school budgets, especially from the recession, restrict implementation.
§  New technology takes additional instruction time to bring students up to speed.

Despite these factors, research overwhelmingly shows that bringing technology into the classroom increases student engagement and achievement, enhances learning recall and over time can lessen teacher burden as students gain greater understanding of technology. Let’s look at the research for some insight and tips for new teachers.

§  Use technology for special needs. In the Oxford Handbook of School Psychology, research performed by Dupaul, Helwig, et al. indicated that ADHD affected students who do not respond well to Tier 1 (instructional procedure with behavior management) intervention can be significantly assisted by computer based activities, as features such as frequent refresh rates and audio/visual stimulation are well suited to the needs of ADHD learners.
§  Use technology regularly. In his paper “Building a classroom learning community: three instructional design principles for a Web 2.0 world”, Daniel Light reported that regular use of virtual learning is more effective than irregular use; encourages greater student interaction; and with instructor guidance can lead to students taking greater intellectual risks, driving virtual and real world student success.
§  Consider web based pretesting. In the “Effective use of web-based homework in high school physics”, researcher Elizabeth Pullig Hittconcluded that students’ completion of three or four web based assignments prior to a test produced significantly higher grades, while one or two had no effect.
Use web-based homework. In “A comparison for the effect of web-based and paper-based homework for general chemistry”, HerbFynewever found that web-based homework had two distinct advantages in that feedback could be instantaneous and there was student ability to resubmit assignments. He found that web-based homework was equally effective to student learning as paper-based homework as measured by student scores, but web-based homework had the additional advantages noted above.
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