Student Technology Integration: Innovation Lab Course
The Innovation Lab course is a hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students will be required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. The course also asks students to have a prior understanding of Apple OS, Microsoft Windows OS, and the iPad iOS. This course seeks students who are self-motivated learners and use inquiry to drive their exploration and experiment in order to reach greater discovery. It is the one course where failing is an option on occasion.
Technology alone won’t be enough to improve teaching and learning to where it needs to be for 21st century skills. Where it is being done successfully, teachers collectively share a vision of promoting deeper learning in all their students, and have collaboratively redesigned the role of the teacher to that of facilitator who uses technology as a tool in their educational aims. As facilitators, teachers become learning strategists as they constantly plan ways to enable students to master complex content knowledge and develop their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills
"Many teachers are making the foray into using social media with their students. I am at the point of ‘dipping’ my toe in. There’s a number of things I’ve learned, and found out, as I have started tweeting to students and wanted to collect my thoughts on keys in beginning this path."
This might work, with some tweaks, for final essay "Students: Tell us how you use Facebook. (And if you’re not on Facebook, please tell us why.) What do you usually do on Facebook? How much time do you usually spend on it in a typical day? Do you ever worry about your privacy or take steps to protect it? Do you often multitask, switching between using Facebook and doing homework or studying? What do you think about the findings about how specific activities on Facebook, like posting and viewing photos, correlate with things like grades and engagement in student activities? Do these findings apply to you?"
"What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of using technology for learning? Are tech tools essentials, distractions or somewhere in between? How are other teachers using technology? What tech skills do today’s teachers need to use digital tools effectively?
We present a collection of Learning Network resources, Times multimedia and articles and useful outside links to help both digital immigrants and digital natives think through these questions."
"Our first Digital Discussion for all students will be about your Digital Footprint.
Digital Footprint -- Wikipedia defines a digital footprint as the data trail left by all your digital transactions, across devices and applications. What does your digital footprint look like? Does it really matter?"
"We've created the Digital ID wiki with a two-fold purpose:
Provide students, teachers, and administrators with a toolkit of reliable information, resources, and guidelines to help all of us learn how to be upstanding Digital Citizens who maintain a healthy Digital Identity (ID) in the 21st Century.
Build a collaborative platform for teachers and students the world over to contribute to our ever-growing curriculum collaborations and student-created content.
Our goal is to help our students answer these three Essential Questions:
What does it mean to be a (digital) citizen?
What are my rights as a citizen?
What are my responsibilities as a citizen?"
"It’s imperative that students understand how an online blemish can make a negative impact on their education and careers, and this learning must start in the classroom. Teachers should embrace social networks and incorporate best practice teachings into the curriculum."
"This mixed-methods study explores how K–12 teachers use Twitter. An online survey was disseminated via Twitter to gauge their usage of, access to, and perceptions of Twitter. The results indicated that teachers highly value Twitter as a means of self-directed professional development. Respondents who reported using Twitter multiple times a day were more likely to use it for professional purposes than personal ones. Chief among the reported perceived benefits were professional development and meaningful relationships that teachers formed with other teachers who use Twitter. Implications for practice, including the ability for teachers to seek professional development for their specific needs, are discussed."
"It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. Not being familiar with online digital rights and responsibilities (hey, teachers did not grow up with the Internet being around), educators are wading through uncharted waters (hey, I did not know that I could not just google an image to use. If someone puts it up online it is free for the taking). That does not mean they can close their eyes and pretend life is the same or that the same rules apply to online versus offline use of copyrighted material with their students."