Choosing which technology and when to use it is quite a task. We come across great looking websites and video clips all the time, but how do we remember where they were when we want them. Tasked with integrating technology into the year 7 maths program I need to be organised with everything that I find. At university we were introduced to diigo, https://www.diigo.com/, an online bookmarking tool. It allows the user to tag websites when bookmarking them so that when you need to find a site on algebra, for example, you can search through your bookmarks for all tagged as “algebra”. Another great feature is that all of your bookmarks are available from any computer connected to the internet. I am going to experiment with using diigo over the next few weeks to see how it goes.
Another consideration of technology integration is that of student equity. Access to technology, particularly in the junior high school years, often depends on which room classes are timetabled in or whether parents have decided to buy their children smart phones or not. Furthermore, the technological ability of the teacher must be taken into account. With this in mind, I think that it is best to start small and gradually build up the number of times / types of technology being used across all classes.
We are very lucky at Killara to have Francie Campbell emailing us useful links. One recent link sent to us by Francie was “50 education technology tools every teacher should know about”, http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/03/26/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/. The tools are grouped into categories, social learning, learning, lesson planning and useful tools.