“ We are moving from formal, rigid learning into an environment of informal. Connection-based, network-creating learning….Knowing is no longer a destination. Knowing is a process of walking in varying degrees of alignment with a dynamic environment.”
Technology integration is defined as “the incorporation of technology resources and technology-based practices into the daily routines, work and management of schools” (National Forum on Education Statistics),
Technology integration allows teachers to implement technology into the classroom and use it as a tool to guide students learning.
Technology integration should “use technology to support different learning styles and to meet the needs of all learners, including those with disabilities” (Strategies for Improving Academic Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness).
Technology use is using technology to do the work for you. For example, using the internet to copy and paste a paper together.
Technology is used everyday but some technology does all the work for you, which is why technology use is different than technology integration.
Technology should just be a separate subject in the school day.
Ways to Integrate Technology Into the Classroom
There are many different way to integrate technology into the curriculum other than just using technology in the classroom.
Here is a list of programs than can be helpful: databases, semantic networking, blogs, and podcasts.
Databases is a computer based program that allows the user to keep electronic records.
“Databases can be used as tools for analyzing and organizing subject matter” (Jonassen, Carr, Yueh, p.2).
Databases can be used in the classroom for students to record data that they have collected. This database will allow the students to sort easily through and find the information they need to answer in depth questions.
“Semantic networking tools provide visual screen tools for producing concept maps” (Jonassen, Carr, Yueh, p.3).
A product that can be purchased for this type of technology is Inspiration.
These programs allow students to make concept maps which is helpful in writing and also connecting ideas.
Blogs are websites “for which an individual or a group frequently generates text, photographs, video, or audio file, typically on a daily basis” (Wikipedia).
There are many ways that blogs can be useful in the classroom, not only for the students but for the teacher also.
A teacher can keep a blog with up-to-date homework assignments and ways to communicate to the students outside of the classroom.
Students can be asked to answer questions on a blog, turn in homework assignment, keep class work posted and also comment on each others’ blogs.
Podcasts are described as “audio-based files, essentially like a radio program, which is available on the Web” (Technology Integration: Essential Questions, p.11).
Students are able to record their own podcasts and present them to the classroom.
Teachers can use podcasts to facilitate the students learning while in the classroom or outside of the classroom.
Why Integrating Technology in the Classroom is Important
“ Computers can most effectively support meaningful learning and knowledge construction in higher education as cognitive amplification tools for reflecting on what students have learned and what they know” (Jonassen, Carr, Yueh, p.19)
Meaningful learning is important in the classroom because the students are required to be actively engaged in the activity. The students are able to make connections which allows for deeper understanding of the material being taught.