What is Technology Integration in Education?
Technology Integration in Education is using technology (such as white boards, video cameras, smart phones, computers etc etc) to enhance the curriculum. Successful technology integration is more than just teaching students how to use a computer or how to research a topic on the Internet however. It requires the use of technology across the curriculum, using subject specific technology, which actively engages student participation, group participation and peer feedback.
Student today have grown up in the digital world, with technology permeating almost all aspects of their daily life. They already use the technology outside of class and it is time for the classroom to catch up, to prepare them to enter a their technology driven world.
Technology Integration challenges students intellectually requiring them to think creatively using more advance higher-level thinking skills. Through technology integration projects, students will acquire and fine tune analysis and problem solving skills, access and process information, and addresses such ISTE standards such as creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, digital citizenship skills in addition to the basic technology operations and concepts.
The benefits of Technology Integration are not just for students, the ability to utilize technology in the classroom makes lessons more dynamic, interactive and engaging, and allows teachers access to more information and tools to enhance their lessons. Teachers can learn along with students, becoming more comfortable with technology use. And allows them to teach information in a new more interesting way, reaching students who otherwise might get left behind in a traditional classroom setting.