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Why being a tech-savvy teacher doesn’t have to be daunting or complex

By Steven Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth

Summer is here, which means it’s time for educators to recharge, reflect and rediscover their passion for teaching! We, too, are taking time for fun, family and learning, starting with a short vacation and then off to keynote the Participate Global Schools Symposium, followed by ISTE. Both of these opportunities allowed us to connect and learn from top-notch educators across the country! It is through our quest to grow and share that we bring you our self-paced course on Participate, The Tech-Savvy Teacher.

Being a tech-savvy educator doesn’t have to be daunting or complex. It doesn’t mean completely changing our practices or abandoning what already works. It means looking to the tools of technology to supplement strong pedagogical practices already in place.

We believe there are six areas of development every tech-savvy educator needs to focus on:

  • Collaboration with students

  • Collaboration with colleagues

  • Innovative communications

  • Effective productivity

  • Reflection

  • Formative assessment

Making improvements through the use of technology in each of these areas can reap huge returns on student learning and understanding, making the overall job of teaching easier and more innovative.

Our course not only references the ISTE Standards for Teachers as a guide, it is also grounded in research-based instructional practices, offers personal insights from our own classrooms and includes an extensive list of tools to explore. This helps meet learning targets for any discipline or grade level.

So after your batteries are recharged this summer, consider the Tech-Savvy Teacher course to learn about intentional and practical technology use in the classroom and help start your journey or improve the one you are already on!

You can join Steven and Shaelynn’s Community of Practice here for courses, vetted resources and collaborative discussions!

As a former classroom teacher and director of instructional technology, Steven Anderson is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning. Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several national and international educational conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, FETC, WISE, VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences. You can connect with him on Twitter @web20classroom.

Shaelynn Farnsworth is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As a high school teacher she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature, but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. She continues this exploration as a School Improvement Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa. You can connect with Shaelynn on Twitter @shfarnsworth.