Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What Does Technology Integration Mean To You?

One of my goals for the 2013/2014 school year is to integrate technology effectively throughout the school day in each lesson that I teach. I realized during Pinnacle Training today that just creating a project using technology isn't quite enough. It's all about how we apply it and the impact on student learning. Two teaching models that will help me transform my lessons are TPACK( Technological Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, Content Knowledge) and SAMR.(Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition). That all sounds pretty complicated, but basically technology needs to flow seamlessly as a normal part of our day and we should strive to plan lessons that allow students to create, collaborate and share their knowledge. That is just what I plan to do!

Another way to effectively integrate technology is through Apptivities. In this type of lesson, students work their way through activities using apps on a mobile device. The lesson begins with a "driving question" from the curriculum. You must decide on the objective, skill, or concept that you want to address. Then you choose the apps that you would use to accomplish the task. Next, you plan the lesson in a way that allows the student to explore, collaborate, create, and share what they learned. My students are going to learn all about Apptivities this year!

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