Top 10 Mistakes When Using Technology
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Top 10 Mistakes When Using Technology

Written by 30 July 2012

When you use technology with your class, do you think that you are you using it correctly? Or are you unknowingly making mistakes that you should avoid? Now is the time to learn what they are so you can avoid making these mistakes in the future.

This information was shared during one of Jerry Swiatek's Teacher Learning Community's Webinars. Full-Access members, sign in to the Community and then click here to watch the on-demand recording to hear Jerry's tips on how to avoid making these mistakes in the future.

Top 10 Mistakes Educators  Make When Using Technology:

10.)  Putting technology ahead of the lesson.
Build and design a lesson first ... then integrate technology into it.  You can turn a "good" lesson into a "great" lesson with technology integration.

9.)  Still asking kids to "hand in" work rather than "publish" their work.
Students should be creating (not just for themselves) but also for others. They will be proud of their work because someone else might see it.

8.)  Not connecting with experts.
Networking is vital. We aren't the only experts ... bring other individuals into the classroom to help share information. 

7.)  Buying in to the "Digital Natives" hype.
Don't assume that all kids know how to use technology.

6.)  Not backing up data.
There are so many options for educators to use that are free, or relatively cheap. External hard-drives and online syncing tools ... find something that works for you.

5.)  Thinking everything will go perfect the first time.
This rarely ever happens. Remember Murphy's Law and always have a plan B, C, and D!

4.)  Not giving the kids a choice.
Give guidelines and options ... but give up some control. Let them choose what technology to use, allow them to take charge of their learning.

3.)  Not changing your teaching style.
Kids have access to information instantly and can look up facts ... how do you see this changing how you teach in the classroom?

2.)  Not modeling good digital citizenship behavior.
It's up to us to show good copyright behavior... teach them that it's not OK to steal and use things as their own. They have instant access to information, so we must teach them how to give credit where it is due.

1.)  Not using technology.
Engage students by using technology with hands-on activities. Give them the opportunity to be creative in the classroom and beyond in the future.

Have you made any of these mistakes? Leave a comment on how you were able to avoid making the same mistake in the future.

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