What is technology integration and why should we strive for it in our classrooms?

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

What is technology integration?
“Seamless integration is when students are not only using technology daily, but have access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand and provide them the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of content” (4).

Why should we integrate technology into our teaching?
It “improves students’ learning processes and outcomes” and students “can become creators and critics instead of just consumers” (5)
Technology integration also gives students the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century, including:
• Personal and social responsibility
• Planning, critical thinking, reasoning and creativity
• Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
• Cross-cultural understanding
• Visualizing and decision making
• Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task (5)

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