INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CLASSROOM“Empowering Teachers and Learners”
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
WHAT IS TECHNOLOGYINTEGRATION?Technology Integration is when classroom teachers usetechnology to introduce, reinforce, extend, enrich, assess, andremediate student mastery of curricular targets. When teacherintegrate technology into their classroom practice, learners areempowered to be actively engaged in their learning.
HOW IS INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGYACHIEVED? When technology is accessible and readily available for the task at hand When the use of technology is routine and transparent When a child or a teacher doesnt stop to think that he or she is using a computer or researching via the internet. When technology tools support the curricular goals, and help the students to effectively reach their goals
WHY INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGYINTO THE CLASSROOM? Deepen and enhance the learning process Support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts Help students acquire the skills needed to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy Supports curricular goals
INTEGRATION Before AfterTeacher-oriented Student-centeredInformation delivery Information exchangeSingle media MultimediaIsolated work Collaborative workPassive learning Active inquiry-based learning
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION TOOLSCAN EXTEND LEARNING INPOWERFUL WAYSInternet and multimedia applications, can provide students and teachers with: Access to up-to-date, primary source material Methods of collecting and recording data Ways to collaborate with students, teachers, and experts around the world Opportunities for expressing understanding via images, sound, and text Learning that is relevant and assessment that is authentic Training for publishing and presenting their new knowledge.
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONIDEAS AND TOOLS THAT WORKThe Internet has many sites that easily lend themselves to classroomintegration (research, projects, blogs, wikis, podcasting, games) POWERPOINT AND EXCELPowerPoint is another technology tool that is exceptionally easy to use inthe classroom. All kinds of research projects can be adapted to thisapplication WORD PROCESSINGFacilitate students ability to use word processors and they can do a lotwith technology on their own without taking up teacher time
MORE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS The drawing tools included in most word processingprograms allow students to create pictures and logos, puzzles andstories can be illustrated Interactive whiteboardsConvenient, great for brainstorming and reinforcement iPadA whole new way to be creative by using fingertips and imaginationto do just about anything Digital/Video CamerasFun practical teaching tool: add photos to everything
CONCLUSIONIntegration is an instructional choice that generally includescollaboration and deliberate planning and always requires aclassroom teacher’s participation. It cannot be legislatedthrough curriculum guides nor will it happen spontaneously.Someone with vision, an administrator, a teacher, or a specialistneeds to model, encourage, and enable integration.
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