Be confident with classroom technology

ICTKnow your ideal technology lesson
Is it something you have seen on the internet? In someone else’s classroom? Read about? Just imagined all by yourself? You are creative, you can imagine. You are a teacher. What does your best technology lesson look like? Are all the students doing the same thing? Are they using paint programs? Research? Video? Are they creators or consumers? Are they blogging about it? Sharing their ideas? Initially I wanted my students to get past word documents. I wanted them to create stunning live presentations.
Think about how you can put your ideas into action. Think about the sorts of resources you need. Do you need apps? Software? What hardware do you need? What do you need to be able to do to teach what you want your students to do? See yourself being good at something so you can teach that to your students.
Say yes
Do it. Just do it. Learn what you want to learn to teach what you want to teach. Ask the questions, get the help. Look up things on the web , YouTube, Twitter. There are lots of education hashtags on Twitter with great ideas.
Be kind to yourself
So your grand plan had an implementation dip? Not a problem. You are now wiser. The internet didn’t work on the day you decided to launch your great lesson? Use plan B and do your great lesson tomorrow. Students didn’t get it? Moaned a lot? Not a problem. They will learn. Keep reassuring them and yourself that this will work.
Make small steps
Always take small steps. Don’t go big when you are unsure. Learn each part of the the whole. Know your connections, your sound devices and implementation, your software. Know how to change screen sizes, how to go from one tab to the next, minimise and bring something else into play. Know how your software /app works. Have each part of your lesson set and ready to go. Practice your great lesson in small steps. Each of those steps should be able to stand alone in class so they can be mastered. Each thing you learn will be a tiny part of the whole grand plan.
See the next step
As you go along, be mindful of what you can logically see as your next step. You are a teacher and used to sequencing work and activities. Don’t get lost in the flurry and pressure of using technology. Look at what you are saying to yourself is the next step and learn that.

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