WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION?
"Effective integration of technology is achieved when students are able to select technology tools to
help them obtain information in a timely manner, analyze and synthesize the information, and present it professionally. The
technology should become an integral part of how the classroom functions -- as accessible as all other classroom tools."
What does technology integration look like in the social studies or language arts curriculum? It looks like business as usual. Technology integration in the social studies or language arts curriculum supports students in their active pursuit of new knowledge. They can conduct online discussions with students in other cities, states, or countries. They dig deeper by e-mailing inquiries to experts, authors, historians, etc. They eagerly take virtual field trips and step inside immersive 360° scenes on the Internet. They gather images from rich collections such as the American Memory Project. Integrating technology supports brainstorming, organizing, and outlining with the use of such applications as Inspiration®, Kidspiration®, or the draw features of Microsoft Word® or AppleWorks®. To engage their creative energy, students can develop storyboards for the slideshows or videos using Kid Pix® or Kar2ouche®. When it is time for students to present their investigations and resulting projects, they assemble their writing, images, and even video using multimedia applications like Microsoft PowerPoint®, HyperStudio®, or eZedia®.
The learning process is the first consideration and will drive the use of technology in the social studies and language arts curriculum. Technology resources provide students with tools -- computers, digital cameras, CD-ROMs, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- that help them find additional information that they will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. These resources give students access to experts and resources outside of the classroom. The students then use the technology to share their new knowledge via the products they create. Their products can be word-processed stories or reports, newspapers, multimedia presentations, digital movies, video montages, posters, post cards, Web sites, etc.
The following articles show examples of technology integration in social studies and language arts. While you are reading the articles or watching the videos ask yourself the following questions:
Geo-Literacy: Forging New Ground
The Little School That Did
Eager to Learn
Exploring History, Understanding Ourselves
BroadBand, Big Screen! Enlivening English Language Learning in Southeast Los Angeles
Rural Washington Students Connect With the World
Students Find Their Voices Through Multimedia