Integrating Technology in the Classroom

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Published on December 13, 2013

Author: mindwingconcepts


What Is Successful Technology Integration? Well-integrated use of technology resources by thoroughly trained teachers makes twenty-first-century learning possible. BY EDUTOPIA STAFF NEW TECHNOLOGIES PRESENTATION – SHEILA MOREAU

• In class so far this semester, think of an example of this; an instance where you had to learn, unlearn and relearn? • Independent of content, how did this experience contribute to what you are taking away from this course? How did it change how you think? • Have you ever had to do this in your career? Alvin Toffler is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution and technological singularity. Toffler is a former associate editor of Fortune magazine.

Who here is wearing a wrist watch? Example By Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. Known for How Schools Kill Creativity (Ted Talk) What is near you when you are watching TV? • Smart phone • IPad • Tablet • Laptop • Computer What do you do with these devices?

Technology influencing life…

Technology integration is…  the use of technology resources -computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school.

Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is:  Routine and transparent  Accessible and readily available for the task at hand  Supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals

Seamless technology integration  students using technology daily  access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand  provide students the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of content.  depends on   how much access one has to technology,   kinds of technology available who is using the technology Willingness to embrace change…Technology is continuously, and rapidly, evolving. It is an ongoing process and demands continual learning.

Discussion…  Based on this definition, how many of you feel that you have “seamlessly” integrated technology in the classroom?  How about your colleagues?

Educator’s Concerns

When effectively integrated into the curriculum, technology tools can extend learning by providing students and teachers with:  Access to up-to-date, primary source material  Methods of collecting/recording data  Ways to collaborate with students, teachers, and experts around the world  Opportunities for expressing understanding via multimedia  Learning that is relevant and assessment that is authentic  Training for publishing and presenting their new knowledge

Students’ Perspective

Types of Technology Integration  Online Learning and Blended Classrooms - a combination of both online and face-to-face education - Illuminate  Project-Based Activities Incorporating Technology - Many of the most rigorous projects are infused with technology from start to finish  Game-Based Learning and Assessment - incorporating simulations and game-based learning activities into classroom instruction Jeopardylabs; ns=games  Learning with Mobile and Handheld Devices - cell phones, mp3 players, and tablet computers are now being used as learning tools in forward-thinking - IPAD  Instructional Tools like Interactive Whiteboards and Student Response Systems – SmartBoard and Socrative,  Web-Based Projects, Explorations, and Research - online research, virtual field trips, and webquests,

 Student-Created Media like Podcasts, Videos, or Slideshows One of the central ideas of digital or media literacy is that students should be come creators and critics, not just consumers, of media  Collaborative Online Tools like Wikis or Google Docs connecting with others online can be a powerful experience, both for teachers and for students  Using Social Media to Engage Students  It is quickly becoming our duty as educators in the 21st century to guide our students towards responsible use of social media  Social Media use is becoming our new first impression.  Connected, community based learning is important. #edchat itself is a perfect example of this very phenomenon – Twitter! Facebook for an historical figure, edmodo; Pinterest 0Facebook%20and%20Twitter.html  In five years, the filters will be gone whether you like it or not  What are ways that you would use Social Media in the classroom?

Example of Criteria for Selecting Technology to Integrate  _AppResoureces.pdf SEAN J. SWEENEY, M.S. M.ED., CCC-SLP

Levels of Technology Integration  Sparse: Technology is rarely used or available  Basic: Technology is used or available occasionally/often in a lab rather than the classroom. Students are comfortable with one or two tools  Comfortable: Technology is used in the classroom on a fairly regular basis. Students are comfortable with a variety of tools  Seamless: Students employ technology daily in the classroom using a variety of tools to complete assignments and create projects that show a deep understanding of content.

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