Topic Introduction

Technology and teachers, rarely will you find a teacher who doesn’t either love it or avoid it. With those being the two most often opposing perspectives on using technology in the classroom, you’ll need to navigate these waters carefully. Technology can be your greatest asset or time-waster. To begin, it’s essential you separate technology in the classroom into two types: cognitive or technology for learning (cognitive tools) and technology that helps you run a classroom (productivity tools). There are emerging trends in technology almost each minute of every day. Teachers must evaluate, adapt or avoid new technology trends constantly. Your ability to evaluate new technology trends, theory and tools is essential to navigating this aspect of teaching. In this section, we’ll cover how to use educational technology effectively.