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Q & A Collections: Using Tech In The Classroom

By Larry Ferlazzo — July 20, 2016 4 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past five years. You can see all those collections from the first four years here.

Here are the ones I’ve posted so far:

This Year’s Most Popular Q & A Posts!

Classroom Management Advice

Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning

Implementing The Common Core

Race & Gender Challenges

Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Brain-Based Learning

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Today’s theme is on using tech in the classroom. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of them:

* ‘Children Need Both Paper Books & Digital Texts’

Katie Keier, Stacy Nockowitz, Barbara Paciotti and many readers share their thoughts on the debate between reading digitally or on paper.

* Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper

Daniel Willingham, Kristin Ziemke, Lester Laminack and Kimberly Carraway explore that topic of reading digitally compared to reading on paper in this post.

* Blended Learning Is ‘the Next Generation of Education’

Angel Cintron Jr., Connie Parham, Catlin Tucker, Sheri Edwards, Cheryl Costello, William J. Tolley and George Station explore what blended learning is and how it can be made most effective.

* Ed Tech ‘Has Over-Promised & Under-Delivered’

Jon Bergmann, Aaron Sams, Jake Goran, Steven Anderson, Derek Cabrera, and Rebecca Blink contribute their commentaries on the trials and tribulations of using ed tech.

* ‘Be Patient’ When Dealing With Ed Tech Problems

Larissa Pahomov, Anne Jenks, Jared Covili, Billy Krakower, and Heather Staker will share what they’ve found to be common ed tech problems and how to respond to them effectively.

* Start With Goals, Not Tech Or Curriculum

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Pontus Hiort, Rebecca Blink, Leah Cleary, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, and Barbara Blackburn share their ideas on the role of tech in schools.

* Technology in the Classroom ‘Is Simply a Tool’

Andrew Miller, Jennifer Orr, Michael Fisher, Cheryl Mizerny and Travis Phelps discuss which should come first - curriculum or tech?

* Start With ‘Learning Goals’ Before Thinking About Tech

Educators Suzie Boss, Ken Halla, Jennifer Gonzalez, Kristina J. Doubet, Eric M. Carbaugh, Heather Staker, Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke provide their suggestions on how to balance the use of technology in the classroom.

* Personalized Learning Is ‘Based On Relationships, Not Algorithms’

John Spencer, Andrew Miller, Heather Staker, Jeffrey Benson, and Louis Cozolino discuss the definition, and practical impacts, of personalized learning.

* Personalized Learning Is ‘a Partnership With Students’

Diana Laufenberg, Allison Zmuda, Pernille Ripp, Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey and Steven Anderson share their thoughts on what personalized learning looks like in the classroom.

* Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios

Several educators volunteered to write responses for this post - Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher, Frank Serafini, Kristin Ziemke, Kate Muhtaris, Jeb Schenck, and Joe Rommel.

* With 3D Printers, ‘You’re Only Limited By Your Imagination!

Laura Blankenship, David Malpica, David Thornburg, and Terry Graff have contributed commentaries here.

* Ways to ‘Shrink the Change’ of Tech & CCSS in Your Classroom

Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen, Mike Fisher, Andrew Miller, and Amy Roediger share their advice.

'* Slow & Steady Wins the Race’ for Making Changes in Teaching

Charlene Stone, Jeremy Hyler, and Harry Dickens contribute their suggestions.

'* Simply Putting Tech In Front Of Students Won’t Engage Them’

This post’s contributors include Richard Byrne, Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher and Ben Stern, along with comments from readers.

* One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’

Alice Barr, Mark Pullen and Troy Hicks share their suggestions.

* ‘Flipped Learning Makes Teachers More Valuable’

This post includes positive responses from educators Jonathan Bergmann and Troy Cockrum, along with comments from readers.

* To Flip, Or Not To Flip, A Classroom - That Is The Question

This piece includes guest responses from enthusiastic proponents of the flipped classroom like Peter Pappas and Andrew Miller, while Josh Stumpenhorst shares reservations similar to mine in his response.

* The Best Ways To Use Interactive White Boards

Educators Ben Stein, Patti Grayson, and Bill Ferriter, along with readers, have contribute their responses in this post.

* Using Ed Tech to Support the Learning Process

Sylvia Martinez, Tina Barseghian and Scott McLeod contribute their ideas here.

* Using Ed Tech to Create “Deep & Meaningful Experiences”

This post features pieces by Gary Stager and Kevin Hodgson.

* Effective Ways to Use Tech in The Classroom -- Part Three

This post includes pieces from educators Kathy Cassidy and Josh Stumpenhorst, as well as readers’ comments.

* The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom

Popular blogger Richard Byrne and I provide our suggestions.

* Can Teachers Be Friends With Students Using Social Media?

Educators Bud Hunt and Ernie Rambo take on an issue that always seems to be in the news.

I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

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