Technology Use Vs Tech IntegrationPresentation Transcript
Technology Use vs. Technology Integration By: Amanda Toney
The following things are happening when technology integration occurs in the classroom
This is DIFFERENT from technology use within the classroom. I do not agree that these two things are the same.
If technology is just “used” in the classroom it is not furthering the students thinking or understanding.
Teachers are trained in a full range of technology uses and in the determination of their appropriate roles and applications;
Teachers and students routinely turn to technology when needed; and
Teachers and students are empowered and supported in carrying out those choices
When technology is being integrated the student is being motivated and it promotes learning.
Technology Use When there is technology being used in the classroom this just means that there are electronic devices available and they are being used. Not necessarily to promote learning. Such things as an overhead projector to demonstrate something to students or if a movie is watched on a projector– these things are considered technology use. This is because it is not benefiting the students actual learning.
Importance of Technology Integration
When teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice, learners are empowered to be actively engaged in their learning.
When technology is integrated into the classroom, educators are taking the constructivist approach to learning. The amount of available information is doubling every three years according to statistics. By the time kids graduate from high school, today's students will have been exposed to more information than their grandparents were in a lifetime. It has been claimed that ninety percent of the technology we will use in the next decade has not been invented or currently there is no access to at the moment.
Which is better?
In my opinion, technology integration is much better than technology use.
I believe this to be true because with technology integration the students are actually working one on one with technology and it is benefiting their learning whereas with technology use there is usually no learning benefit.
Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Some examples include:
Using Google Sky/Earth
Using the internet to create a Wiki space for students or create their own web page for any subject
Creating a blog or using instant messaging on the computer
Having the students use a digital camera or video camera for a project
Things to keep in mind…
There is a BIG difference between technology use and technology integration.
Technology integration is a way for students to get involved and to benefit their learning actually USING technology whereas technology use does not involve students or further their learning/understanding.