One of the platforms I stand on in regards to educational technology is that the focus of technology use in the classroom should be student-driven. It pains me to see teachers who have all this technology at their fingertips hoard it for themselves without getting their students involved. My goal as an educator is to prepare my students for living in the 21st century. My students aren’t being prepared by looking at PowerPoints or simply watching videos on a projector (although they can be effective tools for presenting materials). There are definitely times when presenting information via a PowerPoint or Prezi is a great thing, but that shouldn’t be where technology use in the classrooms stops. We need to find ways of getting students engaged in using technology effectively and appropriately, and I believe the best way to do that is to get them involved in using technology in the classroom.
What tools and strategies do you use to employ student-driven technology in your classroom?