Seven Ways to Engage Your Students with Technology in Seven Days
Mindi Vandagriff, Anna Independent School District, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Students have faced considerable challenges not only in enduring the tasks of becoming literate citizens of society, but also in mastering the skills and strategies needed to perform well on standardized tests and performance based assessments. Advancements in technology changed significantly over time to cater to the increased dependency on literacy development through technology. Challenge-Based research was conducted to determine motivations for students and their abilities to increase their own literacy skills using technology. A variety of engaging activities were used to introduce new technologies and Web 2.0 tools. When those students were engaged in activities based on popular culture as well as new technologies, it offered opportunities for the development of standard language proficiency in the addition to the development of digital literacy and 21st century skills. As a result, students’ academic self-confidence grew, they became more academically engaged which allowed them to take on more powerful roles as learners and experience success with learning.
Vandagriff, M. (2012). Seven Ways to Engage Your Students with Technology in Seven Days. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4904-4906). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).