We have lots of technology floating around our schools and classrooms, and while this is a good thing given the digital age in which we now live, we often find that our technology-related efforts are not paying off as hoped. One reason for this is because we don’t have a great way to think about what’s occurring when we see students and teachers using technology for learning and teaching purposes.
What’s happening in your school? In your classroom? Are currently used technology integration frameworks helping you (or other educators) transform learning? Are the tech integration models currently in use specific enough to guide you (or other educators) through the process of improving their use of technology? Is increased student engagement the most important aspect of technology transformation? Or is a deeper investigation of the pedagogy behind the activity important?
Technology integration should be purposeful. Push past the typical response to digital activities in the classroom that focus on student engagement and instead evaluate whether students are truly using higher-order thinking skills, learning core aspects of a specific discipline, and using technology in the most powerful and transformative ways.
In this session, educators will
- Participate in a lesson review and discussion using a technology integration framework (TRUDACOT) that guides teachers in thinking critically – and purposefully – during the design and planning stage, resulting in powerful technology integration.
- Use the TRUDACOT discussion protocol to modify existing lessons to ensure students are truly using higher-order thinking skills, learning core aspects of a specific discipline, and using technology in the most powerful and transformative ways.
- Session pretest
- Makeover form
- Makeover group responses
- Session posttest
- Session handout
- Mystery Skype lesson
- TRUDACOT Version 2