George Lucas Educational Foundation

Technology Integration Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for integrating technology tools in the classroom.
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  • Share's Technology Integration professional development guide is meant for use either after completion of the Project-Based Learning Guide or with participants who are familiar with project-based learning. The guide is designed for a two- to three-hour class or session. It can be used in conjunction with trainings on technology used in classroom settings.

Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to technology integration. It answers the questions "Why is technology integration important?" and "What is technology integration?"

The Resources for Tech Integration page includes a PowerPoint presentation (including presenter notes), which can be shown directly from the website or downloaded for use as a stand-alone slide show, and sample session schedules. You will also find recommended websites, books, and additional videos to learn more about technology integration in this section.

This guide was designed to address many of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

To find the specific standards for your state, visit this page at Education World that lists standards by academic subject and by state.


Continue to the next section of the guide, Why Do We Need to Integrate Technology?

Acknowledgments: This module was written by technology-integration specialist Marian Shaffner. The Foundation extends its thanks to the following people who reviewed this module for content and usability: Peggy Benton, PhD, professor, former PT3 grant director and adviser, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; Patsy Lanclos, Apple Distinguished Educator, Smithsonian Laureate, Palm Education training coordinator/provider, Houston, Texas; Mimi Bisson, PT3 grant technology trainer, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California; Elaine Wrenn, technology coordinator, Echo Horizon School, Culver City, California.

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Sue Colbeth Almendinger's picture
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My students in grades 7 and 8 are busy exploring sites to help a third and fourth grade group of students learn their multiplication/ division facts. I think I have gained resources from them as well. They have set up games and practice activities in such a short time with the use of their computers.

Gloria Pearce's picture
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I agree with your comment Kirk. Have you taken a look at the web site Math-Kitecture?
It is an older web site but still very good and a good example of what you are talking about. I would also like to refer you to Achieve3000. I was retired and asked to work for them as the product is amazing. I have been waiting for it for a long time. It is a web-based, fully differentiated instructional tool that improves students' reading comprehension levels (specifically for non-fiction material), develops reading vocabulary, and improves writing skills. Take a look at KidBiz3000 for grades 2-5 and TeenBiz3000 for grades 6-8 and 9-12 at

Tammy's picture
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This is an exciting aspect of technology integration. Students who need support/extension can access this information in their classrooms, work at their own pace and move toward becoming more independent learners.

Debbie Mayer's picture
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I teach primary-age children and still totally agree with you that more innovation is needed in the application of technology to education. Young children need movement and thus, I love the idea of an educational Wii!

Debbie Mayer's picture
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I totally agree with you! Schools are just not able to keep up with the tech needs of students today - and of course, it is difficult for staff to, also!

Debbie Mayer's picture
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You are right - got any ideas how schools can afford more technology?

Mellisa Robinson's picture

Away with the chalk and talk method of teaching. Technology is the way in which the world has been evolving. With technology, students become more motivated to learn. Children love variations. Which child wants to be lectured to at all time if any at all. With Computer Aided Instructions, students of different levels can be catered for in a more dynamic way. With the use of computers, students creativity is also enhanced. They can also learn at their own pace.

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Anthony V. Manzo
Professor Emeritus, Literacy Education/Cognitive Psychology

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Mary F
EC teacher 9-12 grades, all subject matter

I love the idea of putting all technology available into the hands of our students. It places them in to a position of global awareness. I believe more availability of technology is needed. In my class I have 3 old computers (for 11 students to use), and a whiteboard with no instructions on use. The money marked for technology goes to the core curriculum teachers that are preparing our young people for college or work in a global market. I am a special needs teacher and by the time all the other classrooms are given the newest technology, there is nothing left for my room. I understand it is vital for our students to utilize technology to be competitive in todays world, but the special needs students that are not going to college (and maybe not able to work), get left out. I would love to utilize all the new technology, and would daily, if it was provided.

Donna Jordan's picture

I think that it is important to use technology in the classroom. This article has some great suggestions on how to implement it. One of the things that the article points out that I agree with is the need for training for teachers. Using technology for the sake of using it is not effective. As a newbie to the use of technology in the classroom I have found it difficult to find good ideas for the use of technology. My students love to use technology but not for educational purposes.

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