What is technology integration?
Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, digital cameras, CD-ROMs, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent. Technology integration is achieved when a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a computer or researching via the Internet.
The acceptance of change is a major requirement for technology integration. Technology is continuously changing. It is an ongoing process. It demands continual learning. Change is not always easy. The initial human reaction to change is resistance. Resistance makes for slow change, but change is inevitable.
The course of change, and the introduction of new technologies, progressed in spite of the initial resistance. Change led to progress.
When effectively integrated into the curriculum, technology tools can extend learning in powerful ways. These tools, including the Internet and multimedia applications, can provide students and teachers with:
A 'Fantastic Super' Use of Technology -- Computers and multimedia are seamlessly woven into the curriculum at Mary Scroggs Elementary School.
Broadband, Big Screen! Enlivening English Language Learning in Southeast Los Angeles -- To help his students broaden their English language skills, this fourth-grade teacher creates visual lessons using digital cameras and Internet search engines.
A Seamless Integration of Technology -- At Sherman Oaks Community Charter School, interactive technologies support the curriculum and facilitate communication among the staff.
The New P.E. Curriculum -- How one Naperville, Illinois, junior high is using high tech tools to support its exemplary P.E. program.