Increasing technology integration in the classroom<br />Brandon Freel <br />
Overview<br />Current technology in use<br />If it isn’t broke, why fix it?<br />Forms of technology used<br />Implementing new technology<br />
Why Technology, why now?<br />Without the integration of technology in our schools, we are only putting the students at a disadvantage and closing them off from the outside world. <br />“Technology is like a fish. The longer it stays on the shelf, the less desirable it becomes.” – Andrew Heller<br />Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road” – Stewart Brand<br />
Current technology in use<br /><ul><li>Overhead Projectors
Assignments with an online resource requirement</li></li></ul><li>Student Perception of Technology Use<br />The Good<br />Students reported being exposed to a variety of technologies in their college classrooms<br />The Bad<br />Students described ways in which faculty members are ineffective in their use of technology.<br />The Ugly<br />Several student responses described faculty members as using technology in order to “hide behind it”.<br />
Percentage of students exposed to different types of technology in their college classes<br />
Why teachers aren’t using technology<br />Intimidation<br />Students know how to use it better than they do<br />Lack of preparation <br />No prior knowledge of programs<br />Fear of programs not operating<br />
Why schools should install technology?<br />>90 percent of all schools are connected to the Internet<br />>33 percent of teachers have Internet access in their classrooms<br />Financial incentives are a time-tested method of encouraging teachers<br />School systems can provide compensation for professional development in technology on weekends or during summers<br />Mini-grants can be used to reward teachers who develop innovative uses for classroom technology <br />
How to implement technology<br /><ul><li>Prepare a technology budget
Order, install, and inventory software and hardware
Provide technology in-services for teachers and staff
Establish after school computer programs</li></li></ul><li>Coaching Teachers at Different Skill Levels<br />A school may be home to educators with a wide variety of skill levels in technology<br />Individual tutoring, peer coaching, collaboration, networking, and mentoring<br />Teachers learn at different rates <br />Have individual needs when mastering new skills<br />Technology training should be flexible yet cover a comprehensive set of skills.<br />
Establish after school computer programs</li></li></ul><li>References<br />Ivers, K.S. (2003). A teacher's guide to using technology in the classroom. Retrieved from http://books.google.com <br />Gahala, J. (2001, October). Critical issue: promoting technology use in schools. Retrieved from http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te200.htm <br />Smith, G.E. (n.d.). Student perceptions of technology in the classroom: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina. Retrieved from http://faculty.mckendree.edu/ATLAS/student_perceptions.htm<br />U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. (2005). Computer technology in the public school classroom: teacher perspectives (NCES 2005-083). Washington, DC: Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2005/2005083.pdf <br />
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