What do you do, if you are not convinced you can integrate technology into your instruction?
To some teachers, technology integration can be a scary and overwhelming task. Teachers already have to worry about the curriculum, and whether or not they are getting though to their students. Teachers worry about having time to successfully integrate technology. Then there is the issue of technical support. There are a lot of issues that would make teachers leery of integrating technology.
Thankfully, there are resources and avenues that are there to assist teachers to successfully integrating technology into the curriculum. One of those recourses is Technical Integration Specialist. A Technical Integration Specialist is a person that assists the teacher in implementing technology into the curriculum. They are available when the teacher needs technical help, resources or ideas on ways to enhance the curriculum. They are usually teachers who are technically trained. (McCrea) Videos are another resource that teachers can use. One set of video is called, Teaching With Technology. These videos “discuss successful teaching strategies, and helps guide teachers through the maze of new technology available for classroom use.” The benefit of these video is that you are able to watch them and learn on their own time. The content of the videos range from hardware and software support to internet resources. (Pyramid Media) There are also resources available online to assist teachers. There are websites with actual lesson plans that integrate technology. One of these websites is www.teachersfirst.com . This website provides lesson, units of study and web resources in one place. (McCrea) Teachers are able to use these lessons to help them come up with creative ways to use technology. Some of the lessons are provided so that teachers can actually use them in their classrooms.
With the creation of new and exciting ways that teachers can receive assistance with technology integration, many of the worries and concerns that they have should be addressed. Though time will always be a factor, with a little creativity and inspiration, technology integration should be easier to achieve.
McCrea, Bridget. “Helping Educators Bridge the Technology Gap.” THE Journal, June 2006.
Pyramid Media. “Learn Technology Integration in Videos.” THE Journal, May 1997.
How should technology be used?
With new technological advances happening every day, it may be confusing to understand just what is expected of educational technology integration.
How exactly should technology be used in the educational setting? This question has so many answers that an exact answer depends on how far you can stretch your imagination. Technology can be used in any way from management issues to global classroom connections.
In recent years, online grade books have overtaken traditional grade books. In 2000, 75% of all teachers in District 230 in Chicago used an online grade book.(Walery) Online grade books are electronic grade books that allow teachers, students and parent a way to easily keep track of students learning. If working effectively, online grade books, allow parents to be involved in their students learning with early intervention. Parents are able to see sooner how their child is doing, instead of waiting on grading reports released by the school. Teachers also benefit from the use of online grade books. Teachers are able to analyze the student data easier using the application on the grade book software. They are also able to print reports out for students to use as self assessment.
Enhance Classroom Learning:
If used appropriately, technology can really enhance the classroom learning environment. With students, technology usage is up to the imagination .As a math teacher technology has really added concrete value to teaching. Many concepts in mathematics taught in an abstract way. With technology, teachers are able to give students visuals that would otherwise be hard to do. With the Astromicon: Celestial Construction Tool Kit by Cybernet Systems Corp, students are able to create a 3-D replica of the universe. With the 3-D models, the are able to apply principles they learn in science. (Openskies) Another way for students to use technology is as a communication tool. Podcasting is a audio program that is used as one-way communication. With the creation of podcast, students are able to create recordings that can be use for projects, sharing among student or as a review or study tool. (Deubel)
There is no way anyone can list all of the way that technology can be use in the classroom. With every day that passes, you can think of new ways and thing you can do. Technology integration is left up to the imagination.
Deubel, Patricia. “Podcasts: Where’s the Learning?.” THE Journal, June 2007.
Openskies. “Software Allows Students to Control the Universe.” THE Journal, January 2004.
Walery, Darrell. “MyD230: District 230’s Online Grade Book.” THE Journal, January 2007.