ISTE: Easy Ideas for Educators to Strengthen Core Instruction
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, Illinois! We had some great conversations with educators who took some time to tell us about how they are personally incorporating technology into core subject-area instruction in their classrooms. While it is clear that students need digital literacy to be successful in school and future careers, the challenge is finding effective ways to make sure students are receiving the tech skills they need to excel in the digital world.
This year, we asked educators visiting our booth to write down creative and easy ways they are integrating critical digital literacy skills such as keyboarding, online safety, productivity tools, and coding into core subject instruction. Here are a few of the helpful classroom ideas that were shared with us:
- I teach kids how they can solve the world’s problems with coding, connecting them to challenges that are aligned to the school’s curriculum.
- I incorporate coding into my STEAM lessons with 4th and 5th grade innovators.
- I teach freshman English inclusion with Special Education and ELL students, and I use Newsela and Google Docs in the classroom.
- Research skills and the ability to evaluate digital skills is essential for our learners, so in all classes we teach evaluation, intellectual property, and proper citation methods.
- I teach math with journaling – Encouraging students to start an online, shareable journal that articulates the “how to” of solving problems.
- 6th grade statistics projects can use spreadsheets and graphs (histogram, line plot, etc.)
- Show students how to use spreadsheets to gather data, create graphs, and analyze graphs for their reports, presentations, and projects.
If you’d like more ideas on how to incorporate technology skills into core subject-area instruction, use this interactive tool to see how Learning.com’s EasyTech solution can help you.