- Windows has updated their platform—again.
- IPads have been joined by Chromebooks as a common classroom digital device.
- There is a greater reliance on internet-based tools than software. This underscores the importance of teaching digital citizenship to even the youngest learners.
- Student work is often collaborative and shared.
- Student work is done anywhere, not just the classroom and home, meaning it must be synced and available across multiple platforms, multiple devices.
- Keyboarding skills are more important than ever, often critical to summative year-end testing for PARC, SB, and other formats.
- Technology in the classroom is the norm, but teacher training isn’t.
- Education is focused on college and career with tech an organic, transformative tool.
- Teachers have moved from ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’.
- Students have been raised on digital devices. They want to use them as learning tools.
- Using technology is no longer what ‘geeky’ students do. It’s what all students want to do.
- Printing is being replaced with sharing and publishing.
- More teachers are willing to try technology when used authentically.
Tell me what has changed in the past three years, regarding tech in your classroom? I know I’ve missed some.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.