This set of guidelines helps outline best practices in integration, where technology is used as a tool to enhance the teaching and learning experience. When designing classroom activities that utilize computers, it’s important to focus on the pedagogy, not the computer skill. As the following outline indicates, pre-teaching and utilizing planning materials like graphic organizers help improve the process. This information will help teachers that are just beginning the process of using technology to help the students learn in new ways.
Technology Integration in Ten Easy Steps
1. Determine unit goals from core curriculum content area
2. Formulate curriculum content area objectives – What do I want students to be able to do?(Bloom’s Taxonomy)
3. Construct assessment – Determine finished product, which software will be used, and rubric criteria
4. Design activity, process, and specific instructional strategies
5. Look at the National Technology Standards to match the activity to the standards
6. Prepare and photocopy worksheets or graphic organizer for each student
7. Introduce concept in class. Pre-teaching in content area should be thorough enough for students to completely understand what is expected of them
8. If appropriate, use projector to introduce technology tools in class before students come to the lab. This maximizes the time with the computer.
9. When students are in the lab or with their laptops, support them with content area. Facilitate students working collaboratively and helping each other with the technology. You’ll quickly find student experts who can show their classmates what buttons to push and which strategies work with the software and hardware.
10. Provide opportunity to share with authentic audience.
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For a more in-depth look at designing units that infuse technology, you’ll find unit planning guidelines here.
Project Ideas Using Software and Web Applications
PowerPoint (not presentation), Word
Student creates a graphic, or uses graphics from clip art and types the text using word processing toolAdd a chapter to a book or story
On-line websites that have a story and the students can click on a box to add to it, blogging or wiki applications
Last Will & Testament
PowerPoint (not as presentation tool), Kidspiration
Illustrate a typed math story with clipartMemoir
Word, or web based blog, also could video tape family member, or use scanner to scan images and integrate into written essay
6th grade project: use scanned images of student throughout their life along with images of world events to create a video timeline
Petition/Bill of Rights
Resume and Cover Letter
Review Rules or Laws
Slide Show or PPT
In Need of Help?
Here’s a few places you can look for tutorials:
The help menu of any application!
YouTube – yes, you can find tutorials on anything on YouTube, like Excel Formulas, etc.
AtomicLearning – Paid subscription is required for some of the content
Woopid Video Tutorials
How-To-Geek – for Microsoft Office
Google it! – type in “how to (what ever) in Microsoft Word (or which ever)”