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It’s Not the Tech, it’s the Teach: Using Familiar Tools to Empower Student Creativity & Learning

November 2
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Instructional Coaches, Library and Media Specialists, Teachers

“Often teachers are overwhelmed by the vast variety of tools for teaching and learning. This can cause students and teachers to be bogged down by learning new tools instead of empowering the learner to go deeper with the content.

In this session, we will focus on the familiar tool sets in Google/Microsoft to show creative, innovative, and content learning opportunities for students without needing to learn a new app or program.

This is important to reduce the cognitive load on teachers to provide quality content learning opportunities and not just learn about a new tech tool.

Educators will feel more empowered to use technology for student learning and creation, because they are not attempting to learn new sites/programs. Learning to use technology with meaningful purposes and student-driven projects, within familiar tools, will help teachers grow in purposeful technology integration.

Some teachers see technology as something to do, this session will emphasize ways to use technology to enhance student creation with technology tools. This will help teachers to grow from what they know without too many “”new”” tech pieces to add.

Research, Theory, Best Practice:
– John Hattie (Not All That Glitters is Gold p. 13, 2021)- “”It will only be when we move from using technology as a newer form of knowledge consumption to seeing technology as an aid to teaching for enhanced knowledge production that there will be an effect.””

– Mastery Learning : Becoming a master at a small set of tools to do more depth (Hattie)

– “”Familiarity with computers predicted greater comfort with technology and greater comfort was related to greater integration in the classroom.”” – Wood, Mueller, Willoughby, Specht & DeYoung (2005) Teachers’ Perceptions: Barriers and Supports to using Technology in the Classroom”