Teaching with technology can be very rewarding, if it connects teachers and students with the content and each other. Everyone is involved when it comes to integrating technology into the classroom. However, teachers must learn about technology so they can teach their students how to use it for learning. Today’s students and teachers may know how to use technology for entertainment and daily communications, but not for learning.
I have also searched for ways to use technology in my classes. It was a lonely process and I was curious. I wanted to learn how other teachers were using technology and what they were experiencing. I conducted my doctoral research on faculty experiences in implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education. My findings correlate with other studies on integrating technology for instruction and learning. Teachers and students are not using technology effectively. A study conducted by Marzilli, Delello, Marmion, McWhorter, Roberts, and Marzilli (2014) on Faculty Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology and Innovation revealed that while technology provides opportunities, it also poses challenges for faculty and students.
Lack of Knowledge
The faculty members I interviewed reported that they had many challenges with implementing technology in their classes. Students lacked the knowledge on the use of technology for learning. They needed to upgrade their technical skills, information literacy, and how to solve problems with technology. Many students found the Internet distractive. They didn’t know how to focus on learning and found themselves surfing aimlessly.
Connected for Learning
The only benefit to using technology in the classroom was its ability to bring faculty, students, and other students closer together. Faculty members saw technology as a way to make an emotional connection (Marzilli et al., 2014).
Alone and Frustrated
The findings of my studies on teachers and students use of technology in the classroom indicate that teachers and students are frustrated (Deutsch, 2010). The causes are lack of knowledge on how to use technology effectively, pressure to use technology, and instability of technology. Technology isn’t perfect. It doesn’t always work.
Teaching with Technology
I have been giving teacher training courses on the use of technology for instruction and learning since 2004. I started with Moodle teacher training and have included the development of WebQuests and video tutorials, Google Drive, Wikis, Blogs, Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, Ning), and WizIQ live online classes. The findings of my studies on teachers and students use of technology in the classroom indicate that teachers and students are frustrated (Deutsch, 2010).
In 2015, teachers from around the world, will be able to join a 12-month online course called “Teaching with Technology”. The teacher training course is completely free. Teachers will learn how to use technology in face-to-face, blended learning, fully online learning, and in the flipped class.
Introduction to the Course
Live Online Classes
The course is both asynchronous and synchronous. The live online classes will be recorded so that participants may view the class at any time. Participants may join as of now by clicking on the following link: https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2410065-what-is-teaching-technology
The course offers new, veteran, and future teachers theoretical and practical knowledge on how to teach and learn with the use of technology. The course will include weekly synchronous live online classes, course material, and video tutorials. Participants, who do the task requirements of the course, will receive a certificate of participation at the end.
- Applying the Science of Instruction and Learning
- Partners of their Own Learning
- Technologies that allow students teach as a way to learn
- Collaborative Teamwork with Technologies
- Micro Teaching in Pairs
Participants will learn about and apply:
|E-portfolios (blogs, websites, wikis)||Learning theories||Transformational learning|
|Transformational teaching||Teaching as a way to learn||Project-based learning|
|Collaborative learning||Instructional design theories||Assessment theories|
|Reflective practice||Blended learning||Blended online learning|
|Teaching in a live online class||Course design||Syllabus development|
|Lesson plans||Course and Learning Management System||Micro teaching|
Deutsch, N. (2010). Instructor experiences with implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education. Seattle: Createspace. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Instructor-Experiences-Implementing-Technology-Learning/dp/1463594526
Marzilli, C., Delello, J., Marmion, S., McWhorter, R., Roberts, P, & Marzilli, T. S. (2014, March). Faculty attitudes towards integrating technology and innovation. International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education (IJITE), 3(1). Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.4334.pdf