We Are All Teachers of Technology
Technology integration is a way for teachers to enhance their lessons for better student engagement and understanding. Using the frameworks of TPACK & SAMR as a guide to better help everyone reflect and improve their lessons.
TPACK is the combination of one’s Content & Pedagogical knowledge with Technological knowledge. Content knowledge being what the teacher knows about their subject matter- or the what, Pedagogical knowledge being what the teacher knows about methods of teaching and learning- or the how, and the Technological knowledge being what the teacher already knows about technology. With the dotted outline being the different contexts that lessons take place in all around the world.
I found the SAMR Lesson Planner mind map extremely helpful to help distinguish the use of technology from going from just the enhancement stage to being a huge transformation in learning and lesson design.
These two frameworks of technology integration are similar as they aid teachers in organizing and outlining what teachers need to know and do in order to better understand how to integrate technology in their classrooms.
Yet they differ in their focus. TPACK focuses more on the knowledge that is needed to integrate technology in meaningful ways, whereas SAMR focuses on what technology integration specifically looks like.
This video is a great explanation of how the two models are intertwined.
Our school currently uses this framework to create a safe environment for learning. My own practices align with our learning principles as I continually strive to ensure that learning stays personal as we continually focus on ILP goals and learning how to pull ourselves out of the learning pit. Most importantly having students feeling okay to take risks and learn from our mistakes.
We also strive to move towards the model of the T3 Framework for Innovation which claims to quadruple student achievement based on their research.
I do not have a preference, over any of them, but I do find the Technology Integration Matrix as another extremely helpful tool when describing and targeting your use for technology. From entry-level to transformational levels across 5 different areas of meaningful learning environments: Active, Collaborative, Constructive, Authentic, and Goal-Directed. What I really liked about this matrix was that they were all things that can be equally done through on-line learning as well as for in person instruction. Whether you’re at the adoption, adaptation, or infusion level the main goal being to reflect where you’re at and see what lessons and units one can begin to transform.
Technology integration has increased dramatically since moving to distance/digital learning. Even with hybrid learning, more and more classes are fully functioning via Google Classroom and other Google tools.
Limited face to face contact with our students has really allowed me to dive headfirst into the technology pool and model what it is like for our students to take risks and try new and creative ways for teaching and learning.
Photo taken from Pixaby
My own practice of technology integration would vary dramatically between my different classes. From my “pull out” support classes like “Learning Resource Class”(LRC) or “English for Academic Purposes” (EAP) would be evaluated entirely different than my co-taught Humanities and Math.
Having a small group of 3-6 students in LRC and EAP with an instructional aide has been very effective at trying out new technologies and changing things up day to day or week to week. We’ve been able to enhance numerous lessons and move away from the simple substitution of technology within lessons to more modifications happening for great transformations to take place.
Looking back at when I first started teaching, in the United States, and resources and professional development was let’s just say, limited, my growth in technology continues to develop more and more in the international setting. From overhead projectors being replaced with SmartBoards and carrying on with doing the same thing though slightly enhanced, with the tech. to completely re-looking at lesson design and putting the focus back on the Pedagogy and Content and only THEN exploring the ways that technology can enhance your craft.
Here’s a glace at my Collaborative Co-teaching Bitmoji Classroom- but more details on the transformation involved coming soon!
Where do you see yourself and the technology use in your classroom?