Sunday, May 31, 2015

Off-Target Ed Tech Resources Fuel and Further a Dying Instructional Paradigm

Found this one in eSchool News... Seems to me to be quite out of synch with educational reality as I know it (one man's opinion). Has this author ever taught? What's wrong, here? The title itself reveals a poor understanding. Is the purpose of Ed Tech to make life easier for teachers? Or is it to make Learning more effective for students? Further, some of these items tap tech to facilitate an outmoded and (thankfully) now dying paradigm of Teaching and Learning, short answer quizzes and tests... no longer relevant to the evolving Thinking Curriculum... technologizing them simply keeps outmoded teaching alive longer. There are relevant, exciting items out there. Why bother with stuff like this?

Read the full article at its source:

"Top software that will make every teacher’s life easier

These five online software tools can really help teachers deliver instruction more effectively and enhance the student experience

If you ask any teacher, most of them will tell you that much of their time and effort goes towards planning lessons, arranging tests and creating effective and engaging educational materials. More time and effort is spent on these areas than the actual teaching of the lessons in the majority of cases.
With so many online resources now available on the internet to ease the workload for teachers, this no longer need be the case. While it can be a little daunting for educators move from the traditional “pen and paper” tools to more contemporary online tools, it is a lot easier than you think.
You don’t need to be a computer whiz to reap the benefits of online teaching tools to make your teaching lives a lot easier. Here are some of the top online tools available for teachers.

1. Lesson planners

Think of lesson plans as road maps where you have a general idea of the direction you want the lesson to take, but be prepared for an interesting diversion that could happen along the way. Having a lesson plan helps you maintain focus and ensure you cover all the relevant aspects of your topic.


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