Keystones to Technology Grant resources are highlighted in this workshop.
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Why Use Technology?

“Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.”
~Common Core State Standards Initiative
Benefits of Using Technology In the Classroom
  1. Common Core State Standards call for all students to learn skills through technology and media
  2. Assignments are student-centered and engaging
  3. Instructional technology offers teachers a way to customize and personalize learning to student interests
  4. Instructional technology is exciting, interesting and intrinsically motivating to students
  5. Instructional technology aids the teacher in diagnosing and accommodating individual student strengths, needs and interests
  6. Instructional technology allows students to demonstrate critical and creative thinking
  7. Instructional technology enables students to develop innovative products that provide a means of ongoing, high-quality feedback from both peers and teachers
  8. Experience with instructional technology, as well as the Internet, equips students with skills necessary for college, work and life in the 21st Century
    • Produce and Publish Writing
    • Research
    • Analysis
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Critical Media Literacy
    • Creativity
    • Interaction and Collaboration
    • Production and Presentation with Digital Media
    • Data Management
    • Communication
Instructional Technology that Mirrors the Workplace
"When technology mirrors how professionals use it in the workplace it can enhance academic achievement, civic engagement, acquisition of leadership skills, and personal/social development."
~The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 2011

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The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century and beyond.

The key elements of 21st century learning are represented in the graphic and descriptions below. The graphic represents both 21st century student outcomes (as represented by the arches of the rainbow) and 21st century learning support systems (as represented by the pools at the bottom).

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Interesting Ways to Use Technology

Lesson Plan Makeover

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