Educational Technology: Big Ideas and Practical Applications for the Classroom

Author(s): Ronda Blevins

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2022

Details: Ebook w/KHQ | 180 days |


One phrase that possesses a unique ability to elicit multiple, strong, and varied emotions from all stakeholders in the world of education is Educational Technology.  There are all sorts of theories, arguments both for and against, and mandates dealing with the use of technology in the classroom.  Educational Technology:  Big Pictures and Practical Applications for the Classroom is a first of its kind in that it is looking at the integration of technology into the classroom from the perspective of an educator.  The goal of this book is to be more than just a textbook that you use once for class; it is designed to be a resource that you can use throughout your teaching career.  This book is full of practical ideas, suggestions, big pictures, things to remember, and ancillary materials that are a great resource for any educator or teacher candidate. 

The book dives into different models of tech integration, qualities to look for when choosing tech to integrate, building your own classroom technology plan, assistive technologies, data literacy through technology, and so much more!  With the addition of Practical Applications for Your Classroom, Big Picture Discussions, and Bonus Content in every chapter, you are sure to find ideas and applications that go beyond a course you are taking and help you continue to make good decisions regarding the integration of technology throughout your career.

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  1. What is Educational Technology?
    1. Defining Educational Technology
    2. Ed Tech vs. Computer Science
    3. ISTE Standards for Educators and Students
      1. ISTE Standards for Educators
      2. ISTE Standards for Students
      3. Putting It Together
    4. Chapter Summary
  2. Models of Technology Integration
    1. What is Technology Integration?
    2. SAMR
    3. The TPACK Model
    4. TIM Model of Technology Integration
    5. HACK Model of Innovative Instruction
    6. Chapter Summary
  3. Classroom Technology Plan 
    1. What is a Classroom Technology Plan and why do I need one?
    2. Components of the Classroom Technology Plan
      1. Current Use of Educational Technology in My Classroom
      2. Mission and Vision for Integration of Educational Technology
      3. Integration Model
      4. Communication Plan
      5. Integrating Instructional Technology
      6. Differentiating Instruction through Technology
      7. Technology to Support Assessment
      8. Next Steps
    3. Chapter Summary
  4. Digital Safety and Digital Citizenship
    1. Digital Safety and Digital Citizenship, What's the Difference?
    2. Social Media
      1.  Benfits of Social Media in Education
      2. Concerns of Using Social Media in Education
      3. Social Media, In or Out?
      4. Passwords
      5. Digital Footprint
      6. Teaching the Why
      7. Setting Boundaries
    3. Chapter Summary
  5. Digital Equity
    1. Digital Equity Defined
    2. Internet Access
    3. Device Access
      1. Skill Divide
      2. Speaking the Language
    4. Chapter Summary
  6. Adaptive Technologies
    1. Assistive Technologies Defined
    2. Need for Assistive Technologies
      1. Different Types of Assistive Technologies
      2. Arguments Against Assistive Technology
    3. Chapter Summary
  7. Choosing Great Technologies for the Classroom
    1. Know What Your Students Are Using
      1. Use the Tech Your Students are Familiar With in the Classroom
    2. Where to Start
      1. Thinking Back to Move Forward
      2. What Is the Goal?
    3. Qualities of Great Technology
      1. Digital Safety
      2. No Need for Puffery
      3. Age Appropriate
      4. Accessibility
      5. Engagement
    4. Noneducational Tools in the Classroom
    5. Chapter Summary
  8. Integrating Technology into Your Existing Lessons
    1. Don’t reinvent the wheel
    2. Lesson First
      1. Student, Logistical, and Resource Considerations Next
    3. Chapter Summary
  9. Using Technology to Increase Educator Efficacy and Efficiency 
    1. Spend the Time to Save the Time
    2. What Can Be Automated
    3. Increasing Educator Efficacy Through Technology
    4. Communicating Through Technology
    5. Chapter Summary
  10. Technology for Instruction
    1. Technology to Enhance Learning
      1. Making it Applicable
      2. Tech for Educator Use to Enhance Learning
      3. Tech for Students Use to Enhance Learning
    2. Technology to Create Opportunities
      1. Making it Applicable
      2. Tech for Educator Use to Create Opportunities
      3. Tech for Students Use to Create Opportunities
    3. Redefining the Plan
      1. Changing the Narrative
    4. Chapter Summary
  11. Technology for Assessment
    1. What is Assessment?
      1. Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing
      2. Formative and Summative
      3. Formal and Informal Assessment
    2. How Can Technology Change the Game of Assessment?
    3. Chapter Summary
  12. Experiences Beyong the Walls of the Classroom
    1. What is a Global Network?
    2. Unlock the World
    3. Experimental Learning Through Technology
    4. Virtual Field Trips
    5. Chapter Summary
  13. Data Literacy
    1. Defining Data Literacy
    2. What Makes "Good" Data?
    3. We Have The Data, Now What?
    4. Making Curricular Decisions
    5. Discussion Time 
    6. Student Data Literacy
    7. Chapter Summary
  14. Classroom Management and Wasted Time 
    1. Technology and Classroom Management
    2. Keep Them on Task
    3. Keep Yourself on Task
    4. No Rabbit Holes
    5. Chapter Summary
  15. Moving Forward
    1. Navigating New Technologies
    2. Don't Overtech
    3. Lessons From a Pandemic
    4. Chapter Summary



Ronda Blevins

A little bit about me:  It seems like I probably always knew I wanted to be a teacher, it was just the discipline that has seen some change throughout my life.  Regardless of the discipline, one thing I have always been interested in and passionate about is technology.  My grandfather likes to take credit for that since he says he bought me my first computer when I was 2 (it was a Commodore 64 and yes, I still have it). 

I am an Assistant Professor of Education and the Coordinator of the Job-Embedded Practitioner Program at Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee. I came into the teaching career later in life, but have had multiple different types of experiences as a teacher. I have taught classes in Criminal Justice, Adult Education, and Education, and I am constantly striving for more ways to positively influence the education system. The experiences I had working in retail, pharmacy, and administrative work have helped me narrow in to the point where I am able to do what I love and teach what I truly believe has the potential to continue to change the field of Education.  I especially love to teach about Educational Technology, and I am a firm believer that a good educator is a relational educator. I am one of those people that believes that if you want to change the world, you change the educational system, including the opportunities afforded to all students and teachers to learn and the ways in which we relate to each other. I am a firm believer that the relationships we build with our students can make the difference in student success in the future. I am just here to make my mark and sign it. 

My hobbies include doing CrossFit (so much so that my husband and I co-own a gym with great partners), Podcasting (, being out on the lake, and navigating life with 1 husband, 2 kids, and a dog.  I am constantly on the search for ways to help my students more effectively integrate technology into their current and future classrooms to enhance student learning and carve out some more time for themselves. 

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