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Infographic of the Week: Technology Matters!

January22

If you think integrating technology into your classroom is not essential, you may want to reconsider your perspective. Why, you ask? Well, for starters—it’s clear that today’s students rely heavily on electronic devices, even when they’re not incorporated into the classroom. In one survey of college students, 38% said they couldn’t even go 10 minutes without switching on some sort of gadget. But how students are using their devices, how technology is affecting their educational experience, and what effect it has on their well-being are questions that are more difficult to answer.

However, the infographic shown below, created by Onlineeducation.net, has summed up some of the existing research on these points.

Be sure to use the embedded  Zoom.it tools to zero in on the details.

Infographic Source: http://www.onlineeducation.net/students-love-tech

Classroom Connection:

Yep, I know… The research used to create this particular graphic focuses on technology usage among college students. However, much of the literature involving K-12 students reflects similar statistics: They achieve best when learning involves participation in engaging, meaningful and rigorous content via the use of real-world tools. The bottom line is that all educators need to find ways to integrate tools and applications across all grade levels and into all curricular areas in order to provide our students with the 21st Century skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing highly technical society. After all, we are preparing our students for life beyond standardized testing!

By the way, infographics can make really neat classroom posters too! Use the Block Posters web tool to create your very own!

Infographic of the Week is a series designed to promote the use of infographics and visual literacy in the classroom.

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Looking for some technology integration ideas to enhance your classroom lessons? Then be sure to check out my "Tech Tips" for the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools, applications and web sites that can be incorporated into activities and/or projects. Although some posts may not be applicable to your content area or grade level, be sure to check back often as I will be varying ideas in order to provide resources across the K-12 curriculum.

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