Technology Integration

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Integration takes place when classroom teachers use technology to introduce, reinforce, extend, enrich assess and re mediate students mastery of the curriculum targets.  Integration is an instructional choice that generally includes collaboration and deliberate planning and always requires a classroom teachers’ participation. There is place for Technology in every classroom. Why integrate Technology in the classroom? Integration is an instructional choice that generally includes collaboration and deliberate planning  and always requires a classroom teachers’ participation. Marys’ blog is explains further what Technology integration means.

The use of Google drive to track, manipulate,  organize, share and manage students’ data as well as monitoring student progress in our department has made life very easy. We are able to  instantly communicate and collaborate more with teachers in other departments. Using Google drive to keep my work in an orderly version helps reduce the anxiety of loosing papers. Recently our principal invited the elementary teachers to start using Google to share data from students assessments and those who did not have G-mail accounts had to set up one. This has been helpful in not only using data to track students progress but also share information, collaborate with classroom teachers and also offer targeted instruction. I am glad that through Coetail I had learnt how to use Google docs, creating and sharing.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) is Education for all with emphasis of learning without borders. This is only possible with technology, When I took online courses I was able to learn at my own pace. I like it because it is Massive  that is no limit to the number of students who can enroll and it connects people world wide.. MOOCS through technology create a dynamic archive for the lessons that can be recorded and played later.

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” Properly used technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge based economy. Technology must support the four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback and connection to real world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals. The students get intellectually challenged , learning through projects equipped with technology tools. Through projects students acquire and refine their analysis and problem solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find process and synthesize information they have found online. New tech tools are laying emphasis on visualizing modelling, thus students are more likely to stay engaged and on task, reducing behavioral problems in the classroom.

Technology has changed the way teachers teach  by offering more effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means  like, podcasts, blogs google docs. cameras, videos and  social networks. This has enhanced teacher student relationship.Effective integration of technology into subject areas has led to teachers growing into roles of adviser, content experts and coach. Technology helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.

The quote below is a confirmation that technology enriched learning can equip students to pursue their individual curiosity and become participants in setting their own Educational goals, managing their own learning as well as assessing their own progress.

“Curriculum integration with the use of technology involves the infusion of technology as a tool to enhance the learning in a content area or multidisciplinary setting… Effective integration of technology is achieved when students are able to select technology tools to help them obtain information in a timely manner, analyze and synthesize the information, and present it professionally. The technology should become an integral part of how the classroom functions — as accessible as all other classroom tools. The focus in each lesson or unit is the curriculum outcome, not the technology.”

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE

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