Recent research into the use of technology in the classroom led me to find some outstanding sites on this topic, and I’d like to share a few of them here.
While technology integration seems to hold a key to increased student engagement, comprehension, and motivation, it also has its inherent risks. The most obvious concerns to me are internet safety and ethics. Classroom management and strict guidelines become crucial when students are working with the internet. An excellent resource by Dr. David Leu on this topic can be found here. Dr. Leu covers these issues and suggests websites and other resources for teachers wishing to include technology in the classroom.
In my search for information, I came across some online communities which I am very excited to have joined. What an awesome time to be a teacher, when the internet can offer so many opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other for the benefit of students! These 2 communities are only a sampling of the resources that can be found online:
http://www.classroom20.com/ (technology integration)
http://elementaryteachersnetwork.ning.com/ (elementary teachers network)
I look forward to updating my blog with personal experiences with technology integration in the classroom. I would love to hear from others in the field who have experience to share, so please leave a comment to share what works for you.