Mr. Alexander's

Tech Corner

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”

– David Warlick

Tech Tips

01.

Don't be afraid to try new technology

Technology is always changing; there are always new tools, new programs, new ideas, and new ways to get things done. A technology that is working well for you right now might not work so well with your next group of students. The more you immerse yourself in new technology, the more comfortable you will become with all technology. You will expand your repertoire of technology tools to work for all of your students' present and future.

02.

Give new technology a few trys before you give up

Sometimes you try new things, and you fail miserably. That does not mean you give up! If you plan out a great lesson and it did not go well, you reflect on what went wrong, you come up with a new strategy, and you try again. Technology is not perfect. Sometimes things go wrong. If the software or tool didn't work, reflect on what happened and try again. Don't just abandon the technology because it did not work precisely the way you expected.

03.

Get feedback from your students

Your students will let you know if they like something or not. Don't be afraid to ask for your students' input. Their opinions' are valuable and can help you find the right technology to use in your classroom.

04.

Figure out what works for you

The great thing about technology is choice. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, there are many different technologies to help you. Try multiple technologies and figure out what works for you. It might take a little while to find the perfect technology the search will be worth it.

05.

ask for help

A technology that is new for you is old for someone else. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up on using the technology, ask for help. Check YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., for resources to help you learn the technology. Help is out there for those who seek it.

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