What did you do with your Chromebook today?

At the 2015 TIES Conference I attended Doug Johnson’s session, Not Just "Pockets of Wow". He emphasized the transition to an effective digital learning environment takes time. It requires us to use technology intentionally as a tool for learning. He shared an interesting observation. When we were growing up, our parents would ask, “What did you do in school today?” Parents are now often asking, “What did you do with your Chromebook in school today?” I think it’s a valid question we should consider for professional reflection: How would my students answer that question?

Use these 5 guidelines to intentionally support learning in the classroom with technology:

  1. Set Clear Classroom Expectations and Procedures
    Make sure students know your expectations for responsible technology use in your classroom. If they finish classwork early, can they work on another subject? Are they free to browse or are there enrichment activities for them to complete?

  2. Students Use Devices as Part of Your Daily Class Routine
    Using Moodle (secondary) or Google Classroom (elementary) for discussions or formative assessments is an easy way to start daily warm-up or exit-ticket routines. It’s important to remember, daily use is not the same as 100% use.

  3. Students Develop Digital Citizenship Skills When Guided by Teachers
    We don’t have to create specific digital citizenship lessons if we are regularly using and discussing appropriate technology use in our classrooms. In fact, these skills are best developed when teachers consistently guide these opportunities.

  4. Move Students from Consumption to Creation
    When students have internet connected devices, they have unlimited access to information. Consuming information, however, is easy. The challenge is moving students from lower to higher order thinking skills so they can create knowledge.

  5. Build Your PLN (personal learning network) for Continuous Growth
    Are you looking for new ideas, resources, or instructional strategies? Building a PLN provides more depth than Google. Educators are sharing their knowledge through blogs, videos, and tweets. Start growing yours at my Twitter workshop.

    Image by Tom Woodward via Flickr

    is the Director of Technology Integration for the New Prague (MN) Area Schools. In 1996, he began teaching middle school technology education. He has been sharing technology integration strategies since 2005.

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