topic 2: technology in the classroom

The improvement of new technologies has helped IBSE in furthering its scope. We have now, at our disposal, a very wide array of high-tech devises (such as laptops, digital cameras or mobile phones, among others) that can help integrate new innovative activities and lesson plans in the classroom. This revolution is affecting the way in which teachers can perform lesson activities as they can use these new gadgets in laboratory experiments, by developing new hands-on activities, when organizing field trips, etc.

And it is especially when it comes to digital technology, that those changes are more tangible. New advantages such as the flexibility, speed and store capacity of modern computers, as well as the easy access to online resources that provide teachers with a wide variety of interesting research and multimedia tools, is making STEM educators think about the new possibilities of the traditional teaching process. The opportunity to use new technological developments will do nothing but help improve inquiry-based methodologies that can include direct observation of phenomena, consulting information previously non-available; that will, in turn, help them use a wide range of skills that will be very useful for further scientific learning.

And it is also by incorporating new devices, that the traditional classroom surroundings can be used to enhance students’ interactivity and participation by giving the pupils the opportunity to be active participants instead of only passive listeners (A clear example of that, EUN's Future Classroom Lab). As a matter of a fact, teachers today’s classrooms are facing “digital natives” students: pupils that have grown up with technology and often happen to be more skilful with it than the teachers.


  • Knowing how to use computers is not the same as knowing how to teach with computers. Some studies have proved that teachers are still in need of a portfolio of technology-based resources. Can you give any examples that you have used with your students?
  • Every day, more and more technology gadgets are developed. (Add links) Could you tell us which are your high-tech essentials to use in the classroom?
  • There is also a number of beneficial applications on the use of new technologies. From image processing to simulations, going through interactive processes or communication opportunities over the web. Tell us which of these skills do you think has been the most helpful or resourceful in your STEM lessons?
  • Living in an era were change is a constant, technologies are in a constant development. Which are the main advantages and disadvantages when using new technologies in the classroom?



Question 2

10 education technology buzzwords for 2014

Classroom management ideas to utilize together new technologies

Integration of Technology

Technology integration is when classroom teachers use technology to introduce, reinforce, or extend student mastery of a specific concept.
Teachers can use an iPad, computers as another form of student learning.

Individual Learning Styles

This term refers to the way each individual students learns best. Some students are more visual learners, while others are kinesthetic. Teachers can use this theory to figure out how each student learns best, then present their lessons in different way.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative learning is a teaching strategy that requires students to work together to complete a task. Each student in the group is responsible for learning specific information. Students with varied abilities learn to share responsibilities in order to achieve a common goal.

Peer Assessment

Peer assessment refers to when students of equal status assess each other’s work. This process is said to improve students’ metacognitive skills as well as enhance their understanding of knowledge. Teachers use this form of assessment to develop interpersonal skills and group dynamics.

Instructional Scaffolding

Scaffolding is the support that is given to students when a new concept is introduced. Some scaffolding techniques may include activating prior knowledge, modeling, displaying a visual graphic, using verbal cues, using a graphic organizer.

Higher-Order Thinking Skills

This refers to the ability to apply complex concepts to answer a question or solve a problem that may have more than one right answer. This focuses on six levels that students must practice and incorporate into their lessons and activities, they are; knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Student Progress Monitoring

To use progress monitoring develops goals that can be measured and tracked throughout the school year. The teacher will measure the students’ progress towards the goal each week to determine how they are excelling.

Text Complexity

To introduce three levels for measuring text complexity: Quantitative, qualitative, reader and task. The teachers uses these three ways to measure complexity, along with their professional judgment.
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