What is Technology Integration?<br />Middle School (grades 6-8)<br />Technology integration is the process of using technology with any class offered, core or elective. <br />Technology integration involves the MYP Design Cycle.<br />
What is Design?<br />The word “design” is often used as a general term that refers to anything that was made by human effort (i.e. anything out side of nature)<br />Design is also a procedure that is used to methodically solve problems.<br />
The Process<br />The Design Cycle is much like an engineering process in which there is a method to solving problems through research and planning.<br />This is also a decision making model, which creates an end product. <br />This involves: Investigation, Plan/Design, creating (the product), and evaluation<br />The end result is for students to create a product that has been well planned out using the design cycle.<br />
What are the Steps of the Design Cycle?<br />Investigate-Stating the Problem, Research (information and computer programs) Design Specifications, Design Brief, Creating of a test.<br />Design- This is an element in which students will create a sketches (blueprints) of what the final product will look like. <br />Plan- Task analysis, how to approach time management and tasks to complete the project <br />Create- Along with actually completing the project students create a work journal that documents students work and allows for possible trouble shooting later. <br />Evaluate- Evaluation phase includes, testing of the product (one of the most important phases of the DC), refelction of success and challenges, and future improvement of product development.<br />
Criterion of The DC<br />There are 6 criterion for the design cycle<br />A:Investigation<br />B:Design<br />C:Plan<br />D:Create<br />E:Evaluate <br />F:Attitudes in Technology <br />
What Constitutes as a DC Integration Project? <br />Anything that has a criterion involved<br />From my experience it has to be at least 2 criterion in order to be a DC integrated project, for example, plan and create, or design and create, <br />Create is not enough to cover the requirments of MYP DC. <br />
The DC is Much Like IDU, However…<br />Technology integration works as a collaborative unit with your curriculum and units. <br />Planning should involve some planning together. <br />Can work with already established IDU’s, that were discussed with John. Julie has a name for this but I cannot mention that here…<br />But can’t be used as an IDU alone- As mentioned by John in the IDU meeting<br />
What Kind of Technology Would Be Good for Integration<br />Popular integration units in the past were, video productions, graphic productions (such as a poster, collage, websites, (not blogs) etc. We also created an actual book two years ago as well. <br />Some teachers like to use tech integration as a part of an end of unit assessment for their criterion (in addition to the tech criterion) <br />DC should tailor your course needs to technology integration. Please note that not everything is possible as there are limitations to technology, time, etc., that <br />Note: Technology integration should be individualized as much as possible. Large groups tend not to work. <br />
Timeframe<br />Some projects will take longer then others, as it depends on the amount of work involved<br />A full design cycle will take at least 2 weeks and that is at a hurried pace<br />I like to assign homework for full DC projects as this saves valuable class time with teaching, collaboration, etc. <br />Using a scaled down DC will be quicker but needs some time invested as well. <br />
Where to Go From Here<br />If you and another teacher the same section I think it is best to cover all sections of the course rather then just one or two.<br />Need at least a two weeks before project to plan out integration <br />How to get a hold of Me: <br />Appointment<br />Email<br />At the coffee station<br />Mic and I used to go to the café to plan out… that seemed to work well<br />
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