Kate Nowak recommends you rethink your upcoming session, “20 Ways To Use Pinterest In The Classroom!”:
But when people talk to me about the technology I have to constantly Reframe the Issue and explain how I’m not all pro any technology for its own sake. You don’t go, “Oh here’s this cool technology let me shoehorn it into my classroom.” Instead you go, “I think I have thought of the best way to teach this, and it would be impossible in an analog world, but I know enough about the technologies to realize this idea.” You don’t go to a twenty-minute inservice about xyz.com and go “I’m going to make an xyz.com lesson.” You use xyz.com for your own purposes, or you suspect its utility and put it in your back pocket, until your awesome instruction idea needs xyz.com in order to exist. Your lesson is the fuel and xyz.com is the oxygen.
BTW: I’m co-facilitating a workshop called “Technology Applications in Math and Science Classrooms” at Stanford this summer, July 30 through August 2. It’s open to the public. Registration information is at the bottom of this page.