Students use technology as a tool to support learning in the content areas Technology is not taught or used in isolation; instead, it is used to enhance or differentiate instruction, from grades PreK – 12 and across the curriculum Teachers plan technology-integrated lessons to engage and challenge students, to encourage higher level thinking , and to facilitate collaboration
What technology integration looks like: Teachers are now facilitators of learning. They guide their students in constructing knowledge through the use of technology. They meet the needs of their students by providing engaging activities incorporating collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. Students are actively engaged in their own learning. They take ownership for their knowledge and learn through collaborative efforts. Lessons are project based and aligned with the VSC and the Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students.
NCLB mandates technology literacy by Eighth Grade, but leaves to the states how to define and measure it. This definition of technology literacy guided the development of the Maryland Technology Standards for Students, which were adopted by MSDE as part of the Voluntary State Curriculum in February of 2007 (handout)
Student standards are not just about pointing and clicking or writing and formatting papers and presentations. Rather, they’re about Technology Literacy … where technology is a tool that makes students effective and successful learners. Note that students learn to make choices about the technology that best meets the purpose of the task or the needs of the audience; students learn to use technology resources responsibly and ethically; students use technology to find, evaluate, organize, and share information; students use technology to gather, display, and analyze data; students use technology to discuss, to collaborate, to create. These are skills that will help them be productive and effective students, and also prepare them to be productive and effective workers and learners in the “real” world. BUT … Students will only become technologically literate if their learning environment supports them … and to that end, we have had Teacher technology standards in Maryland since 2003 … note Standard 5 … AND Administrator standards in Maryland since 2007 … note Standard 2 …
… so we need to understand that Technology usage is fundamental to achieving BCPS’ vision for all of its graduates. Technology not as an “add on” but as an integral part of the learning process across all curricular areas. Classrooms as microcosms of the real world, constructivist in nature as students safely explore and make sense of the world around them.
Graduate Certificate Program in School Leadership in Technology Integration
What is technology integration?
What is the basis for technology integration?
How do we know if a teacher is successfully integrating technology in classroom instruction?
Encourages higher level thinking and problem solving
Facilitates collaboration and communication
Assessment Students construct and demonstrate learning
Technology Literacy “… the ability of an individual, working independently and with others, to effectively, appropriately and responsibly use technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in the 21st century .” Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students Maryland Teacher Technology Standards Maryland Technology Standards for School Administrators
The Technology-Integrated Classroom Technology is available for student use.
Technology is used to encourage inquiry, collaboration, and problem solving.
Technology literacy is built within the content areas. The learning environment is student-centered, using authentic tasks to construct knowledge.
What Does An Integrated Lesson or Activity Look Like?