Many districts around Oklahoma are providing more classroom technology for teachers and students. Whether they are Chromebooks, iPads or traditional laptop computers, the number of devices students are using has greatly increased over the last few years.
However, is this technology being used effectively to enhance instruction? It’s one thing to increase the amount of technology in the classroom, but that is not enough. Are teachers being taught how to integrate that technology effectively into their lessons?
One resource to help education leaders, instructional technology coaches and teachers integrate technology effectively are the standards provided by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE has been providing standards for the effective use of technology since the 1990s. The Oklahoma State Board of Education officially adopted these standards for Oklahoma schools several years back. ISTE has refreshed the standards twice, most recently starting in 2016. They have created standards for students, teachers, instructional technology coaches and education leaders. You can learn more about these standards and download resources on the ISTE website at www.iste.org.
Too often, schools adopt an all or nothing philosophy surrounding technology. Either we don't use it at all, or we adopt it and run full steam ahead. I think this is where most schools end up struggling with technology.
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