Tips for New Teachers
Teaching With Technology
Whether you are new to teaching or just new to teaching with technology, integrating computer use in your literacy and content-area curriculum can be challenging. The following suggestions will assist you in using technology to support your students' literacy development:
- Plan for integrating instruction in technology with your regular curriculum. This will allow for more time to use technology in authentic learning experiences.
- Prepare for "Plan B" in case technology breaks down. Make sure you have books and other print resources to support learning.
- Learn what your students can already do with technology and what they can handle in subsequent instruction.
- Keep the focus on the content learning, with technology use to support that content.
- Schedule mini-lessons on using technology (the Internet, software programs, word processing programs) before integrating with the curriculum.
- Explore search engines that are designed for children (e.g., Yahooligans, Kidsclick).
- Explore classroom teachers' Web sites for your grade level to learn about instructional practices for literacy and technology.
- Schedule specific times for computer use to provide all students with equal access to technology use and practice.
- Situate computers so that monitor screens are clearly visible to you and the students.
- Take advantage of professional development opportunities to learn more about how to use technology to support literacy learning.
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