Understanding Technology Integration
The integration of technology should contribute to teaching and learning in the classroom. Computers shouldn’t be an add-on or used as a time filler. The computer should be a means for reaching the instructional objectives in the classroom. Therefore, the curriculum is the place to start when integrating technology. The teacher, along with the curriculum, should guide the integration of technology and not the computer.
Need to Know
- Administrative support and involvement is critical to the successful integration of technology. Studies constantly show that the commitment and interest of the school principal is the most critical factor for successful implementation of any innovation-especially technology.
- Don’t accept materials or hardware that do not fit with the curriculum and technology plans. Haphazard acquisitions or computers placed here and there will not bring the school up-to-date technologically. Technology involves interfacing with other classrooms, libraries and networks.
- Create a technology plan. The plan must include curricular implications but should also include maintenance, trouble-shooting and network management.