When bringing technology in the classroom, it is vital that we integrate technology into student learning rather than just using technology. It is important as educators that we use technology as an asset and integrate it within the curriculum appropriately. Sometimes we can get so excited about the technologies available to us in the classroom that we use them without a real purpose. I came across a really helpful chart developed by Aditi Rao, which helps differentiate “using technology” versus “technology integration”.
Some points that really stood out to me and made me think about my teaching experiences were through using technology, it is mostly being used by the teacher, and it instructs students on content. However, when technology is integrated into learning, it is mostly being used by the students and it engages the students with content. I truly believe that it is important to think about some of these factors when applying technology to classroom learning.
I looked into more facts and resources about integrating technology into curriculum.
- Technology in Educational Curriculum
- Types of Technology Integration
- What Comes First: Curriculum or Technology?
What are your experiences with technology in the classroom? Do you think you “used technology” at times or did you successfully “integrate technology” into the learning experiences for your students?