Too often, teachers think that integrating technology has to be a painful process, full of getting students logged in and trained to use a new tech tool That doesn’t have to be the case at all. Of course, your first concern shouldn’t be using tech just because you think it’s cool. Tech, like pencils, rulers, and other awesome inventions used in the classroom, is just a tool. Using a smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, or an app in your class doesn’t automatically make your classroom innovative, engaging, or a creative hub for your students. Integrate tech wisely and use it when it makes sense to change what your kids are doing. However, getting them to use it early sets the pace for the year and lets them know the norm of using technology in your classroom.