Technology Classroom Integration Levels

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Technology Classroom Integration Levels

  1. 1. Technology Integration Levels NOn-existent Technology is rarely used. Students don’t use technology to complete assignments or projects. (the teacher spends a lot of time at the copy machine, the SmartBoard is used as only a projector if used at all) Technology is used occasionally. Often in the lab BASIC rather than the classroom. Students are comfortable with one or two tools and rarely use these tools to create projects that show understanding of content. (Students are using TumbleBooks to listen to stories, a website to play a game, the teacher is checking email) Most people fall here Technology is used in the classroom on a fairly Comfortable regular basis. Students are comfortable with a variety of tools and often use these tools to create projects that show understanding of content. (Students are creating PowerPoints, and using Word Processing to type reports, type to learn)Wednesday, January 30, 13
  2. 2. Technology Integration Levels Students and teachers employ technology daily in the classroom using a variety of tools to complete assignments and create projects that show a deep understanding of content. (Lessons begin in the classroom, continue in the computer lab.. begin in the computer lab continue in the classroom. Seamless Students are creating, collaborating, sharing, & publishing. Teachers are modeling, demonstrating, and allowing students to take ownership of their learning) (Ex: Students compose a song in Garage Band and shoot a music video to show learning The order of Operations in Math) Note: This table is by no means perfect, but is a starting point to think about how technology integration looks in your own classroom. In addition, your classroom may move through these levels over the course of the year.Wednesday, January 30, 13
  3. 3. To get to "seamless," you must ask yourself: • What skills are applied to nearly all tools? (i.e. saving a file, naming a file, finding a file) • How many different tools will you introduce this year? (How many is too many?) • How will technology help your students better understand content--will it push them to deeper understanding? • What level of integration do you want in your classroom by the end of the school year?Wednesday, January 30, 13
  4. 4. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #10 GAIN PERSPECTIVE Put last year into perspective. To achieve this perspective, ask yourself these questions Did I use technology? If I did, did the technology enhance the lessons? If not, why not? If I didnt use technology, how can I use it this year to enhance and/or reinforce what I teach? #9 GET ORGANIZED • Go through old files and delete those that are useless or outdated. • Group remaining files in folders by subject and/or topic. • Back up important and regularly used files. • Transfer all previous student projects to a flash drive or one folder • Check all bookmarked Internet sites, and delete those that are no longer valid or useful. • Organize remaining bookmarks by subject or topic.Wednesday, January 30, 13
  5. 5. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #8 TAKE A COURSE • Take an online course, or attend a webinar to learn about teaching and learning with technology. There are tons of tutorials on the Internet on a variety of topics. • Attend local workshops on software or hardware you might want to use. #7 NETWORK WITH PEERS • Join a networking goup for teachers, such as the Google for Educators Discussion Group. Or start your own group. (Visit Social Networking for Teachers for more information.) Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook • Contribute to a discussion or message board. • Subscribe to a mailing list or newsletter. Develop your Online Personal Learning NetworkWednesday, January 30, 13
  6. 6. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #6 EXPLORE THE LITERATURE Subscribe to online or print publications, such as Learning and Leading with Technology(International Society for Technology in Education), Reading Today (International Reading Association), and Instructor (Scholastic), to learn more about integrating technology into your teaching and student learning! (Visit Educational Technology Journals for a list of online educational technology publications.) #5 INSTALL TIME SAVING TECHNOLOGY TOOLS • Go Locate, install, and practice using technology that can make your job easier. Consider programs such as an electronic grade book to record student work, an electronic lesson planner, a word processing program to create parent letters (add clip art for interest!), and a database program to create labels and mail merge word-processed lettersWednesday, January 30, 13
  7. 7. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #4 CREATE A CLASSROOM CLIMATE • Visualize the climate you want to establish and organize your classroom accordingly. Decide where to locate the learning centers, the writing center, and the computer center. (Be aware of the physical limitations of your classroom computers. Cords, for example, are only so long!) • Set up a computer-learning center and create a launch page of curriculum-related sites for students. Provide technology-related activities for each unit of instruction you plan to teach. • Decide how often and under what circumstances students will use technology. Post a list of rules. #3 EXPERIMENT WITH SOFTWARE • Explore new software programs to use with your students. Create a temporary folder and practice using the programs. If what you do doesnt work, dont save it. If it does work, save it as a template or guide. • Choose the best programs and decide which lessons might fit best with each. Practice teaching a sample lesson. Trying new programs for the first time in front of students is the wrong time to find out it doesnt work. • Design student instruction sheets for simple projects or activities using the best programs. Easy, short, step- by-step directions will allow students to use the software independently.Wednesday, January 30, 13
  8. 8. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #2 PUNCH UP EXISTING LESSONS • Take a look at the previous years lessons and decide which ones can use more punch or a technological boost. • Explore lesson plan archives to see what other teachers are doing. • Search the Internet for Web sites that complement and extend your already successful lessons. Look for interesting text, pictures, movies, and activities that convey the message you want to give studentsWednesday, January 30, 13
  9. 9. GET READY TO INTEGRATE Ten Tips #1 CREATE SOMETHING NEW • Locate tools that will make learning more exciting, interesting, and relevant for students • Learn to use technology that extends the power of the computer, such as a scanner, digital camera, video camera, and projector. • Work with a partner to plan new curriculum units or lessons. Its lots more fun that way, and you and your partner can brainstorm ideas, share the planning, and contribute your individual strengths.Wednesday, January 30, 13

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