“Using technology” versus “Technology Integration”

Using technology Technology Integration
1 Technology usage is random, arbitrary and often an afterthought Technology usage is planned and purposeful
2 Technology is rare or sporadically used in the classroom Technology is a routine part of the classroom environment.
3 Technology is used purely for the sake of using technology Technology is used to support curricular goals & learning objectives
4 Technology is used to instruct students on content Technology is used to engage students with content
5 Technology is mostly being used by the instructor(s) Technology is mostly being used by the student(s)
6 Focus on simply using technologies. Focus on using technologies to create and develop new thinking processes
7 More instructional time is spent learning how to use the technology More instructional time is spent using the technology to learn
8 Technology is used to complete lower-order thinking tasks Technology is used to encourage higher-order thinking skills
9 Technology is used solely by individuals working alone Technology is used to facilitate collaboration in and out of the classroom
10 Technology is used to facilitate activities that are feasible or easier without technology Technology is used to facilitate activities that would otherwise be difficult or impossible
11 Technology is used to deliver information Technology is used to construct and build knowledge
12 Technology is peripheral to the learning activity Technology is essential to the learning activity

The table above is from previous EDC3100 students picked up and shared to provide a useful lens by which to examine ICT-based learning experiences. The idea is aiming toward “Tecnology Integration”, rather than simply using technology. Aditi Rao has developed the above table and explains its origins in this blog post

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