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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Technology Integration

What is it?
Basically, it is what is says it is; integrating technology.

I will discuss integrating technology into classrooms.

What makes good technology integration? Well, I believe that good technology integration is when all students are involved. This may mean that all students in your classroom have the chance to use the computers and the internet throughout the week. This may mean that as a teacher, you need to plan lessons around the computer lab. Maybe you will have your students use the computer to make up a PowerPoint presentation. Maybe they will have blogs or class email. Maybe for one class, you just require some assignments to be completed using a rubric designed for using Microsoft Word. I believe that integrating technology is not limited to computers and the internet; there are many forms of technology that can be used.

Technology integration is another way to provide students with information and allow them to use the same processes to show their understanding of the material. Good technology integration is when it is used a tool in the classroom and the students are able to manipulate it to advance their skills and interest in a growing dimension of society.

Technology integration gone badly is when the students do not get involved. No matter what way one chooses to use technology in the classroom, it is important that the students are involved and they are aware of how and why it is being used. One way a teacher may be able to get all the students involved would be to give the students choices for using technology to do some assignments. For example, a teacher assigns a project that must be completed using either a video camera, a slideshow using PowerPoint, or a typed up response and presentation of that information. All three choices involve technology but also enable the students to choose a method by their own personal interest and a mode of how they may learn best according to their own learning style!
I believe that a poor way to integrate technology is when the teacher is misinformed or has a lack of knowledge about the portion of technology that he/she is integrating into the classroom. It is my belief that one whould not integrate technology if the teacher is anware of how to use it! This brings me to a few barriers which I believe exist when discussing technology integration in the classroom.

There are barriers to integrating technology that exist more often than not. One huge barrier that I can think of would be lack of resources. Some schools just do not have sufficient funds to provide every student of a 38 student class their own computer. The lack of funds, however, does not stop there. Maybe the school doesn’t have the money to provide the latest software.
Another huge barrier besides lack of resources is lack of time. It can be difficult to find enough time to allow students to use the technology in the school. Perhaps there is only lab that has to be shared all throughout the school.

There maybe another barrier in the sense that teacher training in the latest of technology may be limited. The teacher must read up and learn about technology in order to keep up with the students.
It seems that many barriers exist when discussing integrating technology into classrooms; however, there is nothing wrong with supporting the use of any technology in the classroom and inspiring students to explore the many avenues of technology outside the classroom!


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