Specific topics the writer asked about include:
- What specific devices, websites, & applications do my students access for learning?
- How does technology help quiet/introverted students get more involved?
- How do social studies teachers use technology differently than science/math teachers?
- In 10-20 years, will social studies teachers use technology more than now, or use it less?
I've always been a tech geek (behold below: my first computer! I had to plug it into the TV with a screwdriver and those little UHF forks!!), and my father was a software engineer ... so getting interviewed by a technology publication is kind of a big deal.
Still, it was a valuable reminder for me that flipping is just a means to an end. What we do in the classroom has #1 importance. The more we can gain by leveraging technology tools for deeper/stronger learning, the better:
- role-play simulations that would be difficult/impossible to produce with physical tools (like Win the White House and Mission-US)
- zoomable primary source documents, with higher-quality than a photocopier could possibly provide
- our LMS (Schoology) which provides one-stop-shopping for graded work, assignments, media albums, parent connections, and more
- an Instagram account where my students can see photos and videos I've taken from memorable class activities [they can follow me, but I don't follow them!]
Tech tools are cool, but class time is prime! Or something like that. Bad rhyming. Lame! Must stop typing now and hire a limousine to prepare for my new life of fame and glory....