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“Identifying the problems in education and beginning the search for solutions.” -Dave Shortreed, Coordinator of Digital Technology

Today, Dave Shortreed gave a presentation on how embracing technology can help educators adapt and thrive when meething the changes that are being made to BC Education.

So how can we push forward?  (With change comes challenge)

current shift in education——-> heightened focus on tech integration, collaborative thinking, collective ideas, innovative practice

Shortreed touched on the changing the learning space: teachers are creating a more open classroom by pushing desks against windows (or taking them away) and making room for technology while providing positive atmosphere (taking preventative and proactive measures). What tools fit into an open classroom? SmartBoard, document camera, IPad, Laptop. These tools foster a more inclusive classroom.

An important point that Shortreed brought up was bridging the gap between IT and Teachers. We need to provide SUPPORTS when we bring new technology. Shortreed has even created an iBook to help teachers navigate the iPad: “21st century literacies: an IPad educational resource by Dave Shortreed.”

He suggests that student teachers become familiar with PROJECT BASED LEARNING, Interest groups outside of grade groupings, and the TPACK and SAMR MODELS:Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

We also need to be mindful of how we use technology: it should be all encompassing.

What do you want kids to do with technology: focus on learning outcomes, not applications. Focus on pedagogy, and not on tools.

Technology should be used to: raise awareness, drive change, find answers, take action, change minds.

Shortreed concluded his presentation by posing the following questions to the class:

What are the most apparent problems in eduction?inconsistency within the teaching community (competent vs. uncomfortable)

What can you do to address these problems? (collaborative teaching)

Check out for great tech tips!


1.Cut, copy and paste information from the internet.

2.Maybe change a few words or sentences.

3. Hand in to your “unassuming” teacher.

4. Prepare to either be lectured on plagiarism, or receive misguided praise for your seemingly brilliant mind.

I do not see the value in copying and pasting other author’s work from the internet and claiming it as our own. In the primary grades, educators allow students to haphazardly copy and paste multiple author’s works and create a report or paragraph-some are even displayed in the hall! Then, once students reach intermediate grades, teachers reprimand for copying and pasting and accuse students of cheating the system and plagiarizing.  We are creating confusion! Instead, why not show students how to properly cite work, and challenge students to use their creative, intelligent minds to think about their subject and write something meaningful.



center for quality learning

A Universal Design for Learning allows educators to meet the learning needs of all students. By incorporating a variety of learning modalities, teachers are able to engage students, and increase comprehension.

So how do educators incorporate UDL into their teaching practice? To me, the simplest way is to use technology. Utilizing web-based technologies such as YouTube, Skype, and Kurzweil provide a new dimension of interactivity and depth to a lesson. Furthermore, by using the IPad as a teaching tool, teachers can organize lessons, download fun and educational apps for the classroom, and store presentations that are ready to go and easily accessible.  To me, this seems a lot easier than lugging around a giant resource binder!

I recognize the need for technology appreciation in education. I believe that by integrating technology use in the classroom, we, as educators, can improve students’ comprehension of material, as well as create a more interactive and fun learning environment. Also, teachers can use technology to network, find resources, share ideas and create dynamic lessons. It is my goal to develop my knowledge of relevant technologies I can use in the classroom in order to engage my students and help them reach a higher level of learning.


“Education is a mind-altering technology.”
-Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn is an educational technology teacher who believes education IS a form of technology, and that we need to embrace this technology and continue to disrupt and change the educational system.

Here is a link to his webpage: