Using Technology With Students (Opinion)

During the summer, I share thematic posts with responses on similar topics from the past 10 years. You can see all of these collections from the first nine years here.

Here are the ones I’ve published so far:

The 11 Most Popular Classroom Questions and Answers of the Year

Race & Racism in Schools

School closings & the coronavirus crisis

Classroom Management Consulting

The best way to start the school year

The best ways to end the school year

Student motivation & social-emotional learning

Implementation of the common core

Challenging normative gender culture in education

Teach social studies

Cooperative & collaborative learning

Today’s topic is about using technology with students. You can see the list of posts after this excerpt from one of them:


* Teacher-recommended tools for online learning

Four teachers offer different suggestions for online tools to promote interactive learning, and many others provide reader comments on their favorites.

* The 10 Most Popular Online Teaching Tools Teachers Use This Year

Three other teachers and I share our favorite online tools for this unusual year.

* Five ways to differentiate teaching in an online environment

Examples of two educators are giving students time to take physical breaks and pausing academic presentations to give students time to think.

* Seven ways to support ELLs in online content classes

I have seven suggestions on how to help English learners with distance learning, including by providing graphic organizers and mockups.

* Start with the content, not the technique

Danielle Herro, Blake Harvard, Michael D. Toth, Michael Fisher, and Kenneth Tam conclude this three-part series on using technology with students.

* Ways to use technology in the classroom

Jayme Linton, Eric Sheninger, Cindy Garcia, Suzanne Lucas, Ari Flewelling, Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Carolyn Brown and Jerry Zimmermann contribute their ideas on the use of Ed-Tech.

* Technology ‘does not replace good teaching’

Anne Jenks, Michelle Shory, Ed.S, Irina V. McGrath, Ph.D., Kim Jaxon, Beth Gotcher, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D. and Keisha Rembert share their suggestions for the effective use of technology in the classroom.

* “Technology will never replace a great teacher”

Mark Estrada, Jenny Grant Rankin, Sarah Thomas and Tom Daccord share their ideas about what ed-Tech will look like in 25 years.

* Ways to use technology in math class

Bobson Wong, Elissa Scillieri, Jennifer Chang-Wathall and Anne Jenks give their recommendations on the use of technology in math classes.

* “Technology does not replace pedagogy – it complements it”

Kristan Morales, Cathy Seeley, and Madeline Whitaker Good write about the effective use of technology in math classes.

* “Technical tools have the power to improve academic work”

Jeryl-Ann Asaro, Sean Ruday, Carolyn Brown, Jerry Zimmermann and Sarah Thomas offer their ideas on technology in English classes.

* Ways to use technology effectively in English classes

Jennifer Casa-Todd, Jenny Vo, Maggie Verdoia, Sarah Acosta Landry, Ingrid Nelson and Stephanie Affinito share suggestions for using technology in English classes.

* Ways to use technology in science education

Erin Bridges Bird, Peggy Harte, Patrick Brown, James Concannon, Nick Cusumano, and Donna Markey share ways to use Ed-Tech in science classes.

* Ways to use technology in social studies classes

Sarah Cooper and Ken Halla share suggestions for using technology in social studies.

* “Social media helps teachers and students to smooth the schoolhouse walls”
Guests Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Steve Wyborney and Brandon C. Waite share their thoughts on the role of social media in education.

* Using “social media wisely” in education>

Lorena German, Shaeley Santiago, Jeremy Hyler, Troy Hicks and Mary Howard share their ideas on the use of social media in education.

* ‘Embracing Technology’ as a tool for differentiation

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Becky Shiring, Katie Robinson, Sonny Magana and Monica Burns share their suggestions for using technology to differentiate teaching.

* Ways to use technology to differentiate teaching

Anne Jenks, Ge-Anne Bolhuis, Nancy Sulla, Sarah Shartzer, Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessia M. Tsang, and Kristen P. Blair share their suggestions on using technology to differentiate teaching.

* Using videos to enhance the student learning experience

Amber Chandler, Jen Schwanke, Dawn Wilson, Katie Alaniz, Laura Greenstein, Russel Tarr and Sarah Thomas share their ideas about using video as a teaching tool.

* The best ways to use video in the classroom

Jason Griffith, Ken Halla, Rebecca Alber, Jennie Farnell, Cheryl Mizerny, and Michele L. Haiken share their suggestions on how teachers can most effectively use video in the classroom.

* ‘Double Flip’ your classroom

Daniel Schwartz, Jeryl-Ann Asaro and William Kist share their thoughts on “upside down learning”.

* “Flipped Learning” doesn’t just mean “Posting Videos”

Rita Platt, Kristina J. Doubet, Eric M. Carbaugh, Sarah Thomas, Troy Cockrum, Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen give teachers advice on flipped learning.

* Create 1: 1 programs “About learning, not the device”

Brady E. Venables, Djamal Balbed, Boyd Adolfsson, Joyce Cluess, and Robert Dillon share their ideas for implementing one-on-one computer programs in schools.

* Guidelines for successful one-to-one computer programs

Anne Jenks, Heather Staker, Larissa Pahomov and Stephanie Smith Budhai share their suggestions on how schools can successfully implement custom computer programs.

* Tech helps us ‘a little less common’

Kristin Ziemke, Amber Teamann, Erik M. Francis, Shelly Lynn Counsel, Marsha Ratzel and Richard Byrne share their ideas on the role of technology in meeting the Common Core State Standards.

* The role of technology in the common core

Julie D. Ramsay, Michele L. Haiken, Laura Taddei, Melissa Oliver, and Michael Casey share their thoughts on the links between Ed-Tech and the Common Core State Standards.

* Tech tools that increase learning

The final post in this series on web tools and apps for learning includes ideas from Laura Taddei, Amy Benjamin, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, and Carolina Pérez Ramírez. I also include comments from readers.

* Tech tools can make learning easier in powerful ways

Kristina J. Doubet, Eric M. Carbaugh, Jules Csillag, Tahnja Wilson, Rajesh Kripalani, Marsha Ratzel, and Zachary Walker share their suggestions for technical tools for the classroom.

* Favorite tech tools of educators

Anna Bartosik, Jared Covili, Sam Patterson, Anabel Gonzalez, Richard Byrne, and Russel Tarr share suggestions for navigating the Ed-Tech “jungle”.

* ‘Children need both paper books and digital texts’

Katie Keier, Stacy Nockowitz, Barbara Paciotti and many readers share their thoughts on the debate between digital and paper reading.

* Read digitally vs. read paper

Daniel Willingham, Kristin Ziemke, Lester Laminack and Kimberly Carraway examine the topic of digital reading compared to reading on paper.

* Blended learning is “the next generation of education”

Angel Cintron Jr., Connie Parham, Catlin Tucker, Sheri Edwards, Cheryl Costello, William J. Tolley and George Station examine what blended learning is and how it can be made most effective.

* Ed-Tech ‘promised too much and delivered too little’

Jon Bergmann, Aaron Sams, Jake Goran, Steven Anderson, Derek Cabrera, and Rebecca Blink share their comments on the trials and difficulties of using Ed-Tech.

* Be patient when dealing with ed tech issues

Larissa Pahomov, Anne Jenks, Jared Covili, Billy Krakower and Heather Staker will share what they found to be common ed tech problems and how to respond to them effectively.

* Start with goals, not technique or curriculum

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Pontus Hiort, Rebecca Blink, Leah Cleary, Heather Wolpert-Gawron and Barbara Blackburn share their ideas on the role of technology in schools.

* Technology in the classroom “is simply a tool”

Andrew Miller, Jennifer Orr, Michael Fisher, Cheryl Mizerny, and Travis Phelps discuss what to come first – curriculum or technique?

* Start with “Learning Objectives” before thinking about technology

The educators Suzie Boss, Ken Halla, Jennifer Gonzalez, Kristina J. Doubet, Eric M. Carbaugh, Heather Staker, Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke give their suggestions for a balanced use of technology in the classroom.

* Personalized learning is based on relationships, not algorithms

John Spencer, Andrew Miller, Heather Staker, Jeffrey Benson and Louis Cozolino discuss the definition and practical implications of personalized learning.

* Personalized learning is “a partnership with students”

Diana Laufenberg, Allison Zmuda, Pernille Ripp, Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey and Steven Anderson share their thoughts on what personalized learning looks like in the classroom.

* Ways to help students develop digital portfolios

Several educators have volunteered to write responses to this post – Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher, Frank Serafini, Kristin Ziemke, Kate Muhtaris, Jeb Schenck, and Joe Rommel.

* With 3D printers, you are only limited by your imagination!

Laura Blankenship, David Malpica, David Thornburg, and Terry Graff contributed comments here.

* Ways to reduce the change in technology and CCSS in your classroom

Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen, Mike Fisher, Andrew Miller and Amy Roediger share their advice.

* ‘Slowly and steadily the race is winning’ for changes in teaching

Charlene Stone, Jeremy Hyler and Harry Dickens contribute their suggestions.

* ‘Simply putting technology in front of the students will not inspire them’

Contributors to this post include Richard Byrne, Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher, and Ben Stern, and comments from readers.

* One-to-one technology is really about building effective relationships.

Alice Barr, Mark Pullen and Troy Hicks share their suggestions.

* “Flipped learning makes teachers more valuable”

This post includes positive responses from educators Jonathan Bergmann and Troy Cockrum, as well as comments from readers.

* Turn around a classroom or not turn around – that is the question

This piece features guest responses from avid supporters of the flipped classroom such as Peter Pappas and Andrew Miller, while Josh Stumpenhorst shares reservations similar to mine in his response.

* The best ways to use interactive whiteboards

Educators Ben Stein, Patti Grayson and Bill Ferriter along with the readers have contributed their answers in this post.

* Using Ed-Tech to aid the learning process

Sylvia Martinez, Tina Barseghian and Scott McLeod contribute their ideas here.

* Creating “deep and meaningful experiences” with Ed-Tech

This post includes pieces by Gary Stager and Kevin Hodgson.

* Effective Ways To Use Technology In The Classroom – Part 3

This post includes pieces by educators Kathy Cassidy and Josh Stumpenhorst, as well as reader comments.

* The best ways to use technology in the classroom

Well-known blogger Richard Byrne and I provide our suggestions.

* Can teachers be friends with students who use social media?

Educators Bud Hunt and Ernie Rambo tackle a topic that always seems to be on the news.