Technology Use Vs. Technology Integration Which is better? By: Ellyn Garrett
Technology use is when you have electronic equipment available, and you use it in the classroom
Technology integration is like technology use because you are using the equipment that is available to you.
However, you are using this equipment productively.
Which is better?
I believe that technology integration is what schools should be focusing on.
Students will benefit more from the productive and active use of technology in their classrooms.
Technology is a part of their everyday lives, and it always will be. Knowing how to integrate it into other curriculum is essential for them.
Why do some people lean towards technology use?
Is it effective?
Teacher Don’t Know How to Use It
Having the money to acquire technology for schools is always an issue.
Most technology critics believe that schools can not afford technology for their students.
Some critics believe that there is not enough time to implement technology into the school day.
Technology is usually a complex thing to teach so it takes up a lot of time.
They believe that it is hard enough to meet the requirements of other curriculum, and that technology is just added stress.
There has not been an excess amount of research done over the effectiveness of technology in education which makes some critics believe that it is not important.
Critics often wonder this because they believe it would be published if it was important.
Teacher and Technology
Some teachers that have been in the teaching profession for awhile are computer and technology illiterate.
Teachers should be trained in technology so they are able to teach it productively.
Why should technology be implemented in schools?
Society relies on technology.
It enables and assists with communication
It encourages creativity.
Grade improvement has been linked to technology integration.
Kids enjoy working with technology, and it makes them excited about coming to school.
Students with special needs are often able to complete work better when they use technology.
Society and Technology
Society requires technology in many ways.
Students will have to use technology in society to function as a citizen.
Most jobs require the use of technology.
They will also need technology integration to be competitive students and citizens. The more they know, the more they will stand out to future employers and clients.
Communication and Technology
Technology is essential for communication, and without technology integration students would be less able to communicate effectively.
Using technology to communicate connects students to the world.
Students can communicate
through: phone lines,
emails, video conferencing
and much more.
Students can use the web to gather ideas.
Using technology allows students to express themselves.
It encourage them to communicate with others. This helps them think critically about ideas.
It allows them to research topics by using more resources. If they did not have the web or other technology they would be limited to books.
They are engaged in literacy while they are on the web.
Students spend more time on their work because they are engage in it while using technology.
Technology integration improved students’ reading and writing skills.
Students are enthusiastic about working with technology.
The like the fact that they can write papers faster and modify their work without having to start all over.
When students are doing work with technology they are more engaged in the curriculum.
Technology is a way for students to feel connected to the world.
Students with Special Needs
Technology enables students to express themselves easier and freely.
Technology, such as computers, create a comfortable environment for students because they are non-judgmental.
It is beneficial for students that struggle with short attention spans.
Students can take all the time they need when using technology because it is self-paced.
Teachers and Technology
Teachers should strive to integrate technology into their lessons.
Teachers should not be afraid to admit they need help learning more about technology.
Encourage your schools to go to technology education workshops.
By incorporating technology in your classroom you are supporting your student’s future. For example, it prepares students
for college, careers, and other
One Last Thought
“ While that report includes some controversial proposals, there is nonetheless a remarkable consensus among educators and business and policy leaders on one key conclusion: we need to bring what we teach and how we teach into the 21st century.”
( How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century)
Articles And Websites That I Used For Resources
How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century
Computers as Mindtools
50 ways to integrate technology [by Anne Leftwich]