• ED 650

    1:1 iPad Utilization in the Classroom

    Technology has become fused into our daily lives as it continues to evolve and become more accessible to the masses.  It is not surprising that school districts have been focusing on educational technology and how it can be used to innovate current methods of instruction. Ditzler, Hong, and Strudler (2016) state, “the implementation of technology in the classroom is essential in the 21st century as children are prepared for their future in a rapidly changing world.” The use of technology in the classroom not only can innovate current methods of instruction but provide teachers and students with more personalized learning options than they ever had before. When I refer to…

  • ED 650

    Gaming in the Social Studies Classroom

    This week we stayed on the topic of gaming and gamification in the classroom setting. We focused on identifying not only how games are incorporated into instruction but also the educational purpose of the games being used.  Costa, Henriques & Sousa (2018) researchers from the article Game Creation in Youth Media and Information Literacy Education one of our assigned readings stated, “games can be integrated into teaching in several ways, such as using commercial titles, developing games with specific learning goals (serious games) or leading the students to create their own games (Van Eck, 2006).” The most effective classroom games are tied to specific and measurable learning goals, positively improve…

  • ED 650

    Evaluating Digital Tool Accessibility

    School districts and individual classrooms are currently in the process of integrating more and more educational technology into the classroom at both the primary and secondary levels.  According to Stahl and Smith (2016), “increases in K–12 online learning are taking place in all 50 states.” Today’s educators can expect to be creating lessons using technology and/or using some form of online learning during instruction. Online learning in various instructional models is becoming even more relevant at the primary and secondary levels.  Stahl and Smith (2016) estimated, “blended, supplemental, flipped, fully online learning, and the variations of what is increasingly being called “personalized learning” are changing at an exponential rate and…

  • ED 650

    Can the iPad replace the computer?

    The use of personal mobile devices in the classroom is a growing trend in educational technology. With the cheaper cost to purchase, maintain and replace broken tablets, it makes sense that more and more school districts are looking at the adoption of tablets into the classroom. Additionally, “the growing interest in mobile technologies is obvious: they comprise flexible, personal devices that potentially support the learning process” (Montrieux, Grove, Shellans, 2014). The adoption of tablets has been found to have a positive effect on both teacher’s instruction and students learning, but how and what makes the adoption of tablets successful or unsuccessful? With our decreasing budget, our school district recently sold…

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