As David Jakes states on his blog, The Strength of Weak Ties, in a recent post about avoiding complexity when using educational technology in the classroom, good teaching is...
..."Basically, in my opinion, it’s actually pretty simple: be prepared, be enthusiastic, be honest, be fair, and get involved in their lives. Nothing top secret here, but generally if you fit that bill, you’re probably are a pretty good teacher."

Educational technology use in the classroom isn't about using the latest and greatest tools, but more it's about using tools that make the learning experience for our students more authentic, meaningful, and engaging.

This wiki will show some examples of what it looks like to use educational technology tools well in the classroom. It's just good teaching....

As background and a framework, one should look at several publications.

  1. The National Education Technology Standards for students, teachers, and administrators (coming soon). These standards aren't about accomplishing a certain set of skills in word processing or presentations software, but more about 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creating content.

    "What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world …”
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Research and Information Fluency
    • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Technology Operations and Concepts
  2. The Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 Edition by the New Media Consortium, considers the trends in educational technology for the next 5 years, and offers a picture of what our classrooms should look like.