I was reading an article on TeachThought which was reviewing the infographic below from Always Prepped that clarifies some of the habits highly-effective Teachers of technology might possess. The point the author on TeachThought went on to espouse, that teachers do these things anyway, misses the fact that to be Highly Effective, these skills must be brought into play in a greater depth or frequency. Of course we do these skills, but one does not simply move effortlessly to using technology, that’s why it isn’t here yet.
The term “technology” is vague. In the right context, an arrowhead on the edge of a spear is technology.
How learners view technology is often very different than how educators see it–the former often seeing it in terms of social function, the latter in terms of logistics and teaching. The following infographic explores data points for how college undergraduate students see and value technology in the classroom.
Five Ways Students Use–And See!–Technology In The Classroom
1. By Device: smartphones, eReaders, tablets, etc.
2. Through Brands: Apple, Android, Nook, relevant apps, etc.
3. Via Mobile Function: accessing coursework, checking grades, etc.
4. To Access Learning Environments: eLearning, blended environments, formal and informal, etc.
5. For Constant Communication: with peers, with teachers, with institutions, etc.