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  • A fundamental challenge for many teachers is using computers to create innovative learning experiences for their students. During my work as an instructional technology specialist, I have found that there are four questions not raised or answered as schools begin to implement instructional technology. These questions could affect the way teachers see technology integration, use computers, and embrace the changes that occur as technology is placed in their classroom.
  • What is technology integration? A common misconception is that educators know the answer to this question. Teachers are often expected to integrate technology without having a working definition of the concept. Technology integration is not simply using the computer as a “tool.” This view of the computer as a tool misleads educators by implying that computer technology is like any other tool, i.e. black board or overhead, which requires little or no training or may not need to be used. Also, the concept of “computer as a tool” allows educators to continue implementing traditional, subject-based, teacher-directed lesson plans where the computer remains an “educational add-on”. In other words, technology integration is not:
  • Technology is integrated when it is part of the daily activities that take place in the classroom. It is used in a seamless manner to support and extend curriculum objectives. The primary goal is not to use technology for the sake of using technology, but to use technology to engage students in meaningful learning and assess their understanding of a particular topic. Technology enriches an activity and enables students to demonstrate what they learned in new and creative ways.
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    1. 1. Integrating Technology: Some Things You Should Know “ Raising the Bar” November 5, 2007
    2. 2. Technology Integration <ul><li>Technology Integration is a term used by educators to describe effective uses of technology by teachers and students in K-12 and university classrooms . Teachers use technology to support instruction in language arts, social studies , science , math , or other content areas. When teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice, learners are empowered to be actively engaged in their learning. </li></ul><ul><li>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia </li></ul>
    3. 3. Technology integration is not: <ul><li>Taking students to the computer lab once a week for 40 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Using the computer as an electronic worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Using the computer as a reward station for students who are finished with their other assignments </li></ul>
    4. 4. Technology integration is: <ul><li>Part of the daily activities taking place in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and extending curriculum objectives in a seamless manner </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging students in meaningful learning </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling students to demonstrate what they have learned in new and creative ways </li></ul>
    5. 5. Traditional vs. Integrated <ul><li>Teacher-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Single-sense stimulation </li></ul><ul><li>Single-path progression </li></ul><ul><li>Single media </li></ul><ul><li>Isolated work </li></ul><ul><li>Information delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Passive learning </li></ul><ul><li>Factual, knowledge-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reactive response </li></ul><ul><li>Isolated, artificial content </li></ul><ul><li>Student-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-sensory stimulation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-path progression </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-media </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative work </li></ul><ul><li>Information exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and informed decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive/planned action </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic/real-world context </li></ul>
    6. 6. Support Instruction Teaching that emphasizes active engagement helps students process and retain information. It leads to self-questioning, deeper thinking, and problem solving . 
    7. 8. Where does technology fit? What is my objective?
    8. 9. Lesson Focus <ul><li>Objectives connect to prior learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce a concept </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Build background </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clarify vocabulary </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance Curiosity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set Purpose </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Lesson Focus <ul><li>United Streaming Videos </li></ul><ul><li>KWL charts </li></ul><ul><li>Webs: brainstorming (Inspiration/Kidspiration) </li></ul><ul><li>ANY Graphic Organizer ( VRML link ) </li></ul><ul><li>Power Point (teacher made) </li></ul><ul><li>Website with information </li></ul>
    10. 11. Modeling <ul><li>Teacher uses Powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Whole class outlining using Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Using Interactive websites , teacher demonstrates how to get to the site and what to do….step-by-step. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Guiding <ul><li>Sequencing – show steps and go through each, using highlighter in Powerpoint or Word </li></ul><ul><li>Create powerpoint on subject being covered leaving out key vocabulary, students respond verbally, next slide is the same with key terms highlighted </li></ul>
    12. 13. Guiding <ul><li>Sequencing – show steps and go through each, using highlighter in Powerpoint or Word </li></ul><ul><li>Create powerpoint on subject being covered leaving out key vocabulary, students respond verbally, next slide is the same with key terms highlighted </li></ul>
    13. 14. Independent Practice <ul><li>Interactive Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Writing/Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Student Created Powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Trackstar </li></ul><ul><li>United Streaming writing prompts </li></ul>
    14. 15. Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>Teacher incorporates varied activities and materials to address the range of cognitive abilities and different learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher uses visual props and cues to enhance student learning </li></ul>
    15. 16. Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>Cognitive Abilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to comprehend information at various levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gifted & Talented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At –Risk Learner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental Disability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning Styles </li></ul><ul><li> Primary mode of </li></ul><ul><li>learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auditory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kinesthetic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tactile </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>United Streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Text to Speech Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Magnifier </li></ul><ul><li>Use activities from lower grade level for at-risk and from higher grade level for talented and gifted. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students create and present powerpoints. </li></ul>
    17. 18. Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>Use United Streaming videos to introduce, teach, and review or re-teach a concept and complete the quizzes. </li></ul><ul><li>CAST – Teaching Every Student! </li></ul>
    18. 19. Small Group/Flexible Group <ul><li>Students are engaged in meaningful activities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real World </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Write/Publish ( Blogs and Wikis ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations (PowerPoint) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-media Correspondence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(email, Podcast , Vodcast) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Student Engagement <ul><li>Content is appropriate and linked to students’ knowledge and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Students actively involved in activities and assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Re-teach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extend/Enrich Learning </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Environment <ul><li>Classroom design is conducive to varied learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Resource materials are accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is incorporated </li></ul><ul><li>Display student work </li></ul>
    21. 22. Technology Integration …. <ul><li>Is a growth process. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes time! </li></ul><ul><li>Is “Raising the Bar!!!” </li></ul>