Increasing technology integration in the classroom Brandon Freel
Overview Current technology in use If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Forms of technology used Implementing new technology
Why Technology, why now? 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. “Technology is like a fish. The longer it stays on the shelf, the less desirable it becomes.” – Andrew Heller Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road” – Stewart Brand
Assignments with an online resource requirement
Student Perception of Technology Use The Good Students reported being exposed to a variety of technologies in their college classrooms The Bad Students described ways in which faculty members are ineffective in their use of technology. The Ugly Several student responses described faculty members as using technology in order to “hide behind it”.
Percentage of students exposed to different types of technology in their college classes
Why teachers aren’t using technology Intimidation Students know how to use it better than they do Lack of preparation No prior knowledge of programs Fear of programs not operating
Why schools should install technology? >90 percent of all schools are connected to the Internet >33 percent of teachers have Internet access in their classrooms Financial incentives are a time-tested method of encouraging teachers School systems can provide compensation for professional development in technology on weekends or during summers Mini-grants can be used to reward teachers who develop innovative uses for classroom technology
Coaching Teachers at Different Skill Levels A school may be home to educators with a wide variety of skill levels in technology Individual tutoring, peer coaching, collaboration, networking, and mentoring Teachers learn at different rates Have individual needs when mastering new skills Technology training should be flexible yet cover a comprehensive set of skills.
References Ivers, K.S. (2003). A teacher's guide to using technology in the classroom. Retrieved from http://books.google.com Gahala, J. (2001, October). Critical issue: promoting technology use in schools. Retrieved from http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te200.htm 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 Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina.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 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