My “technology” learning curve gets steeper each day. I am spending hours reading and thinking about technology integration. I guess that is a good thing, because I am formulating my own thoughts and opinions while gaining great insight by reading and listening to what experts have to say.
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) is an excellent resource that I will be sharing with staff. As a result of our school’s shift in technology this year (see my last post Team Work Needed) I work with some teachers where integration in their classrooms is at the entry level of integration, some are at the adaptation level and in a few classrooms, the infusion level. Getting teachers to find where they currently think they are on the matrix and having them set some goals that would move them to the next level would be beneficial. The matrix is a resource that I think will get many teachers even more excited about technology. The videos of students at each grade level using technology in a variety of meaningful ways is invaluable.
In addition to sharing the Technology Integration Matrix with staff, I will be sharing some useful articles and blogs (see below) that I came across in my readings this week. As we continue to deepen our understanding about integration and our roles in our 1:1 ipad initiative I think that we need to build a community of collaboration of ideas and resources. Hopefully teachers will share interesting articles they have read and about how they are integrating technology in their classrooms with other teachers.
For staff about Technology Integration:
1. Here are two articles to get you started with some ideas about integrating technology in the classroom:
2. Here are 2 blogs I came across that I would like to share with you:
- Maggie Hos-McGrane’s blog, Tech Transformation, has two informative entries, Moving from the S to the R , and Moving From S to R, Part 2 that discuss ideas from grade 3 and grade 1 units of inquiry and technology integration. In order to fully appreciate Maggie’s reflections, first familiarize yourself with the SAMR model of integration.
- Cheska Lorena’s blog, Teaching Miss Cheska has some good ideas as well. You can find some helpful ideas in her article, 7 Ways to Increase Teacher Technology Integration in the Classroom and also on her Wallwisher.
3. Enjoy this video about technology in the classroom.