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Tech Goals for 2013-2014


After two COETAIL courses, I felt it was time to come up with some tech goals for myself and my students for the upcoming school year.

This is what I’ve come up with:

Tech Goals for Me Tech Goals for my students
  • Intro laptops early
  • Have a central location for online resources accessible to parents and students
  • Survey parents about easiest way to contact them and share information
  • Have a consistent blogging schedule (once a week or 10 minutes at the end of the school day.)
  • Make blog posts useful to myself / parents
  • Educate parents about blog posts and the kind of information they can find there
  • Give students plenty of opportunities to click around and explore
  • Set up a class Google Drive where students can store their work in a central location to make it easier for them and myself
  • Know how to treat hardware (laptops)
  • Know basic vocabulary (click / double click / online / desktop / etc.)
  • Know basic search skills to find answers to questions
  • Know the difference between storing something online (accessible from anywhere) vs. storing something in one place (desktop / USB stick, etc.)
  • Feel comfortable knowing when and how to use the laptop
  • Feel comfortable exploring new applications / websites
  • Feel comfortable asking each other for help when stuck / unsure

What I realized after last school year is that I kind of expect students to just know how to use the laptops and navigate applications, web browsers and sites. Some students had prior knowledge in managing macbooks, but others had no clue.

My plan is to take my time introducing the macbooks to the students, and combine direct instruction with time to play and experiment. The students will hopefully gain confidence in taking risks and solving problems when faced with technology.

Looking forward to authentic use of technology in my classroom this year.


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