Monday, April 27, 2009

What is your school doing to integrate technology into your curriculum?

In March of last year Edutopia published an article on technology integration.
Several points were made from the article:
  1. Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning:
    o active engagement
    o participation in groups
    o frequent interaction and feedback
    o connection to real-world experts
  2. Technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine.
  3. Learning through projects while equipped with technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the modern office looks like.
  4. 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've found online.

The goal is to effectively integrate technology into subject areas by allowing teachers to grow into roles as advisers, content experts, and coaches to the students. Technology should help to make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.

Fast forward to April 2009, how are we using technology in the schools today? Take a look at this video from one high school in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Video Source:
Full Circle: A Commitment to High Tech

To read the entire article:
Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many

To learn more about what works in public education please go to:
Edutopia - The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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