Integrated Curriculum

Introduction to Integrated Curriculum    

          

 

     

Why use technology in the classroom?  Technology enhanced experiences maximize student learning in the classroom and support the diverse needs of students to demonstrate higher order skills and creativity.  The links provided in the menu bar at the top of this page are designed to assist teachers in the ongoing development and practical application of  technology integration in the classroom learning environment.  

 According to the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), a funded project of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); "The case for using technology is one that must be made not just by isolating variables that make a difference, but by combining them" (Roblyer, 2010).  Research on the design of computer-aided instruction and computer utilization in the K-12 classroom provides learners a hands-on, technological approach to selection of appropriate technology and lesson/unit construction to match learning goals and student population in producing programs of instruction (ETEC 602).  

     Practitioners have cited over the years a number of reasons why we should integrate technology into teaching.  The National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers states that all classroom teachers should be prepared to meet the following standards and performance indicators to raise the level of achievement, prepare students for global competitiveness, and blend academics with real life (ISTE, 2008).

 

 

 

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

2. Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments

3. Model digital-age work and learning

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

 (ISTE, 2008)
     
   
 
 
 

Integrating EducationalTechnology Into Teaching

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Summary

While integrating technology into curriculum can be time intensive and seem  overwhelming at times, when implemented properly, modern technologies can solve various learning and teaching problems in curriculum design (ISTE, 2008).  A list of reasons for incorporating technology enhanced instruction is provided below.


1. To Motivate Students:

- Gaining their attention
- Illustrating real-world relevance through highly visual presentations
- Engaging them through production work
- Connecting them with audiences for their writing
- Engaging learners through real-world situations and collaborations

 2. To Enhance Instruction:

- Supplying interaction and immediate feedback to support skill practice
- Helping students visualize underlying concepts in unfamiliar or abstract topics
- Illustrating connections between skills and real-life applications
- Letting students study systems in unique ways
- Giving access to unique information sources and populations
- supplying self-paced learning for capable students
-Allowing access to learning opportunities
- Providing opportunities and support for cooperative learning

 3. To Make Students and Teachers Work More Productively:

-Saving time on production tasks
- Grading and tracking student work
- Providing faster access to information sources
- Saving money on consumable materials

 4. To Help Students Learn and Sharpen Their Information Skills:

- Technological literacy
- Informational literacy
- Visual literacy

(Roblyer, 2010)

We hope the guidelines offered on these pages help you with your quest to integrate technology into teaching.   Through practical applications of technology enhanced learning experiences, teachers can develop opportunities to support curriculum objectives; promote student collaboration; and adjust instruction to maximize student ability and performance in the classroom. 


Sincererly,
Kelly Conway
and the VPM Team

References

International Society for Technology in Education. Retrieved on June 5, 2011 at http://www.iste.org/  

Roblyer, M.D.,Doering, A.H. (2010).  Integrating educational technology into teaching (5th ed.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

 

 

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