I have so much to learn! I figure that just like the kids it is helpful to have a baseline to know where I am growing from, so here is what I know to be true for myself today:
- Mary Beth Hertz writes in What Does Technology Integration Mean?, “To me, the term means that technology is not taught as a separate class, but integrated into the classroom.” I agree.
- In Overcoming Technology Barriers, Susie Boss writes, “‘Most important is a supportive environment,’ says Knee, “You won’t know about a technology until you start using it. Just go and do it.” Fortunately such exploration is supported at my school.
- Edutopia’s Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum states, “In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.” I agree.
I have the essential ingredients for effective technology intergration to be possible.
Room to Grow:
- Mary Beth Hertz comments in What Does Technology Integration Mean?, “Therefore, technology integration may not look the way we want it to until our students move beyond familiarity with tools and into being able to choose the correct tool for the job.” My students remain in the familiarity phase, as do I. We need to challenge each other to move into the selection phase.
- Edutopia’s post What is Successful Technology Integration? states, “Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparent, accessible and readily available for the task at hand, supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals.” We are solid with the first two pieces but have room to improve on the second two going forward.
- According to Mary Beth Hertz’s Levels of Technology Integration, I would say my students and I are resting at “Comfortable: Technology is used in the classroom on a fairly regular basis. Students are comfortable with a variety of tools and often use these tools to create projects that show understanding of content.”
- Punya Mishra and Matthew Koehler write in Using the TPACK Framework, “Such repurposing is possible only when the teacher knows the rules of the game and is fluent enough to know which rules to bend, which to break, and which to leave alone.” This is where I would like to be someday, able to repurpose.
- In Jeff Utech’s blogpost, he wonders, “What if we truly acted like technology was just a part of us, part of education, part of educating students today? What if we start embedding it and stop integrating it?” This is succinctly my reality. Technology is a part of my students, I see it as a part of education, and I want it to be an embedded part of educating my students every day.
I need/want to expand my knowledge of technology resources in order to enable my students to choose the most appropriate tool to show their learning.
By this point, are you thinking what I am thinking . . . How do I do this? How do I sharpen my own skills and knowledge enough so I can become that repurposer for my students?