Aya Academy of Excellence

Some Tech, Slow Tech, High Tech No Tech?!?

What’s the hardest part of developing a lesson?  For me, it’s deciding which strategy I will implement that will match the learning needs of my students.  And a crucial component of deciding which strategy to use is determining which tech tool is most suitable.  Below are a few everyday classroom situations matched up to the tech most applicable to a teacher’s needs.

Learning  Situation: BUILDING VOCABULARY

SOME TECH – Head over to www.wallwishers.com to have your kids post text or pictorial word analogies.

SLOW TECH – Create a PowerPoint with the vocab words with the definitions whizzing in and out of the slides.

HIGH TECH If You have a MIMEO or SMART Board you can create interactive ‘touch screen’ games allowing students to match up terms and their meanings.

NO TECH – Whip out some index cards and have your kids make flash cards.


SOME TECH- Have students participate in discussion blogs based on specific chapters of the reading.

SLOW TECH- Using a projector or an over head, show text excerpts on a screen and have pairs of students discuss character development and sequencing of events.

HI TECH-  Using Skype, host a book club discussion by linking your students to students in another school reading the same book. 

LOW TECH- Create discussion cubes.  On each face of the cube, write a question using stems correlating to Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Learning  Situation: BUILDING BACKGROUND

SOME TECH – Create an in-school field trip with department members featuring interactive exhibits. Public domain images from the internet can be enlarged for student inquiry participation.    Even better, have students create the exhibits to showcase information for their peers. 

SLOW TECH – download a video clip on the subject from websites like www.unitedstreaming.com from Discovery Education.

HI TECH – Students can create their own wiki pages about a topic you are about to discuss.

NO TECH – Using sticky notes, students can write one thing they know about a subject to post on a classroom wall.  The collection of students’ notes becomes a mosaic of information to share with classmates.


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