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  • 1. educationExciting Learning:Using Technologyto Improve Education
  • 2. the microsoft visual identity the microsoft visual identity Using Technology Contents to Improve Education FORWARD ............................................................................................................................. 3 the microsoft visual identity AIMS ......................................................................................................................................... 4 the microsoft visual identity CHAPTERS ............................................................................................................................. 5 Chapter 1: Why use Technology in Schools ........................................................................................ 5 Chapter 2: Pedagogical Approach .......................................................................................................... 9 Chapter 3: ICT for Productivity and Efficiency ................................................................................... 16 Chapter 4: Creating Digital Content ...................................................................................................... 19 the microsoft visual identity Chapter 5: Overcoming the Challenges and Getting Started ...................................................... 23 The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 CONCLUSION ....................................................................................................................... 26 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .................................................................................................. 27 Th REFERENCES ......................................................................................................................... 28 The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 272 Contents The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Education | 27 education
  • 3. Using Technology Forward to Improve Education Ive always liked playing with computers. The year before I started my first teaching job as a geography teacher I spent the summer building revision websites in HTML and Flash. Imagine my surprise when I went into my new classroom and it didnt have a computer! It didnt take me long to start to accumulate ICT equipment from other parts of the school I quickly realised that we were actually well resourced but the equipment was not well used. I raided cupboards, brought things in from home and applied for grants. I did this because I realised that young people in my care were highly engaged and captivated by the technology I was using. It was enhancing my performance as a teacher and getting children excited and re-energised about learning. During my first few years teaching the students in the class I used to always talk about the technology and how much they enjoyed learning about geography. But over time the buzz created by the ICT started to subside, at first I was surprised, but then I realised something that has stuck with me until this day. The technology was still very important to the children, yet in my classroom it had become invisible it was truly supporting me as a teacher and the young peoples needs as learners. The Microsoft Brand Guidelines for Educa As I moved into school management and then to a national advisory role I have re-told this story hundreds of times. It is not about the technology it is about good learning and teaching. Our challenge is to think about what makes a good lesson and then think about how you can augment and enhance the experience with technology. That is what makes learning exciting and that is what this eBook is about! Ollie Bray www.olliebray.com3 Forward education
  • 4. Using Technology Aims to Improve Education The aims of this eBook are to: Enhance the understanding of the benefits of ICT and technology across the curriculum including literacy, numeracy, technology, personal, social and health education. Provide practical information on how technology can be used to increase student motivation and enhance learning. Give teachers the confidence to use technology in class as a learning and teaching methodology that reaches across all subject areas and age groups. einforce the importance and place of ICT skills for productivity and the 21st century R skills agenda. Encourage teachers to consider using games design and other technologies with students to help children become creators rather than consumers of content. Improve advice on how teachers and school leaders might tackle some of the common challenges encountered when trying to develop the use of technology in schools. Most importantly to share some of the tips, tricks and tools that I have found useful over the years which should help you not make quite as many mistakes as Ive made during my time as a teacher, school leader and national adviser!4 Aims education
  • 5. Using TechnologyChapter 1 Why use Technology in Schools to Improve Education Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation education
  • 6. Using Technology Chapter 1 Why use Technology in Schools to Improve Education When I think about technology and life, I find it How technology has changed things... Of course, there is one area of society where, hard to think of examples where technology has in my opinion, we are yet to consistently see truly not revolutionised or had a profound impact on Shopping: revolutionary transformation as a result of technology. what we do, how productive we are and even This is sometimes illustrated well by the example how we behave. first told by Dr Seymour Papert in the early 1990s