Magazine article Technology & Learning

10 Ways to Be a Proactive Advocate of Edtech

Magazine article Technology & Learning

10 Ways to Be a Proactive Advocate of Edtech

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Terry Freedman suggests ten things you can do to help leaders In your district understand how edtech really benefits students.

1 Create an exciting atmosphere for the students you teach. You want them to be eager to come to class and to talk about what they're learning.

2 Make sure there is lots of kids' work up in your classroom, and, crucially, outside your classroom for passersby to see. Update the display every few weeks.

3 Create a team of digital student leaders who can assist other students as well as teachers. If they have a great-looking pin, t-shirt, or nametag to wear, people will know who they are.

4 Start a weekly blog, written by students.

5 Raise awareness and stimulate discussion by having your students conduct occasional staff surveys on an edtech-related topic (e.g. whether they are worried about identity theft).

6 Set the bar high for your students. Students tend to rise or fall to the level of their teachers' expectations.

7 Get parents involved and, even better, engaged. …

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