Technology Use V. Technology Integration In The Classroom

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Technology Use V. Technology Integration In The Classroom

  1. 1. LEARNING V. UNDERSTANDING: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY USE AND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM By: Brittany Matheison EDUC-W401
  2. 2. WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR STUDENTS AS LEARNERS? <ul><li>We want our students to be actively engaged in their educations </li></ul><ul><li>We want our students to be able to construct their own knowledge and make their educations personal to them </li></ul><ul><li>We want our students to be immersed in real-world experiences so that their educations become more meaningful </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT DO WE NOT WANT FOR OUR STUDENTS AS LEARNERS? <ul><li>Un-meaningful and unrelated learning contexts and areas of study which do not interest the students </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons and activities which do not engage the student in the learning process (i.e. worksheets, flashcards, slides, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>A lack of opportunity for the students to investigate, exercise, and apply the things that they are learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. SO, WHAT DOES TECHNOLOGY USE… <ul><li>Technology Use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Use refers to those activities which tend to instruct the students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Such technologies could include informational websites, PowerPoint presentations, slide shows, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These types of technologies usually have very little to no direct learner interaction involved </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. … AND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION HAVE TO DO WITH IT? <ul><li>Technology Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Integration refers to those activities which tend to engage the students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Such technologies could include interactive mathematics software, web making software (i.e. for brainstorming or organizing information), or interactive websites such as Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These types of technologies are usually rich in user/learner interaction, thus enriching the learner’s overall understanding of the topic being studied </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SO WHICH IS BETTER? <ul><li>Technology in the classroom can be a very tricky thing because of the differences between use and integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology “isn’t meant to replace going to school [or learning something] but [should be used] to supplement it” (Wallis, Steptoe). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Technologies should not support learning by attempting to instruct the learners, but rather should be used as knowledge construction tools that students learn with, not from” (Jonassen, Carr, Yueh). </li></ul>
  7. 7. TECHNOLOGY USE V. INTEGRATION <ul><li>Technology Use is implemented most often as an instructional tool, but it is the teacher’s job to help the student’s learn; not computers or videos or the like. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration focuses more on supplementing what the students are already beginning to study, thus allowing for further questioning and investigation into individual subject areas and deeper understanding of topics and information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY USE V. INTEGRATION CON’T. <ul><li>Technology Integration thus actively engages the learner in the activity and into the learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>Such integration technologies (web making software, wikis, etc.) “require students to think about what they know in different, meaningful ways” (Jonassen, Carr, Yueh). </li></ul>
  9. 9. KEYS TO SUCCESS <ul><li>So, to ensure our students’ success, we need to keep the following in mind when preparing to use technology in our classroom: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the learner actively engaged in this activity? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this activity focusing on information the student has already begun to learn, or is the activity teaching foreign information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does this activity encourage critical thinking and thinking about information “in meaningful ways?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If the activity does not meet these criteria, then most likely it is not properly integrated into the classroom. </li></ul>
  10. 10. WORKS CITED <ul><li>Jonassen, David H., Chad Carr and Hsiu-Ping Yueh. “Computers as Mindtools for Engaging Learners in Critical Thinking.” Tech Trends . Mar 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Wallis, Claudia and Sonja Steptoe. “How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20 th Century.” Time . 10 Dec 2006. </li></ul>

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