Teachers use technology to maximize student learning, to facilitate technology-enhanced experiences, to support learner-centered strategies, to develop students' higher order skills and creativity, and to manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) list different technology tools for students:
Explore NETS website and identify important standards and technology tools for students in your classroom.
Step 2. Examine and Distinguish Between Different Types of TechnologiesI've divided different types of technologies into 14 groups:
1. Word Processing and Publishing
- Adobe Illustrator (vector graphic design)
- Adobe Photoshop (photo enhancement and manipulation)
- Bryce (3D)
- Google SketchUp (3D)
- Adobe Flash (animation)
9. Social Networking
Step 3. Identify Potential Areas in Your CurriculumIdentify several curricular activities that you use in your classroom that may have the potential for technology integration.
List 3-5 lessons which could be enriched by technology integration.
Step 4. Develop a Technology-Integrated Lesson PlanExplore the following Web resources:
English Language Arts Learning Activities
3 - 5: Wall of Fame
6 - 8: Birthstone Project with a Multimedia Twist
6 - 8: Creating a Heroic Character
9-12: Discovering Ourselves in Literature and Life
Foreign Language Learning Activities
3 - 5: Les Voyageurs: The Explorers
6 - 8: Keypals
9-12: Servus in Öesterreich: Welcome to Austria
Mathematics Learning Activities
3 - 5: Million Dollar Project
6 - 8: Design Your Own Bedroom
6 - 8: Getting It Right! An Investigation of the Pythagorean Theorem
9-12: Chaos and Beyond
Science Learning Activities
3 - 5: Who's Who in Fingerprinting
6 - 8: Bird Rap–A Web Guide to Local Birds
6 - 8: Earth Movement in Real Time
Social Studies Learning Activities
3 - 5: Navigating by Landmarks
6 - 8: Into the Next Millennium
6 - 8: Walk in My Shoes
9-12: Population Growth and Urban Planning
Visit The Best Practices of Technology Integration page.
Choose a lesson from your curriculum that you will use for technology integration. Your technology integration lesson plan should include:
6. Tools and Resources (software, hardware, websites)
Step 5. Identify Considerations for Using Technology in Your ClassroomEvaluate the feasibility of your technology integrated lesson plan and think how the Technology Department can support you in implementing technology into your classroom:
1. Request via the Help Desk necessary for your lesson hardware and software
2. Schedule with the computer teacher to visit your class and introduce software and hardware.
Step 6. Assess Your Technology Integration Lesson PlanAfter finishing your technology integration lesson plan, ask yourself the following questions:
- Will technology help students to achieve the curricular objectives?
- Will students be motivated by the technology?
- Will technology be critical to accomplish your lesson goals and objectives?
- Will technology support different student ability levels?
- Will available equipment be sufficient for the number of students in your classroom?
- Do you need to obtain and install new software?
- Do you need help to introduce new software to students?
Step 7. Go!
Resources:National Educational Technology Standards for Students
Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers
The Best Practices of Technology Integration