Tuesday, January 22, 2008

7 Steps for Technology Integration

Step 1. Learn About NETS

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:

1. Productivity
2. Communications
3. Research
4. Problem-solving
5. Decision-making.

Explore NETS website and identify important standards and technology tools for students in your classroom.

Step 2. Examine and Distinguish Between Different Types of Technologies

I've divided different types of technologies into 14 groups:

1. Word Processing and Publishing
2. Spreadsheets and Databases
3. Presentations
4. Graphic Design and Animation
5. Web Design
6. Digital Photo
7. Digital Video
8. Educational Games and Simulations

9. Social Networking
10. Wiki
11. Blog
12. Podcasting
13. Distance Learning
14. Videoconferencing
Select specific software, Web resources, or hardware that appear to have the most potential for use in your classroom.

Step 3. Identify Potential Areas in Your Curriculum

Identify 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 Plan

Explore 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
9-12: Acceleration

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:

1. Grade
2. Date
3. Subject
4. Description
5. Activities
6. Tools and Resources (software, hardware, websites)
7. Assessment.

Step 5. Identify Considerations for Using Technology in Your Classroom

Evaluate 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 Plan

After 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!


National Educational Technology Standards for Students
Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers
The Best Practices of Technology Integration
PBS TeacherLine

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