George Lucas Educational Foundation

Technology Integration

Explore new tools and strategies for empowering students to fully participate in a connected, technology-rich society.

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Overview

Technology Integration is Key

Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Watch an introduction video.

History

A Short History

Technology has changed education and how educators can leverage new educational tools to personalize learning, encourage collaboration, and prepare students for the future. Learn how.

Experts

What the Experts Say

Educators and researchers share their views on why technology integration is an important strategy for 21st century classrooms. See what the experts say.

Why

Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?

Through the intelligent use of technology, combined with new approaches to education, a more personalized style of learning can be realized. See why the reasons are many.

Research

Research: Studies on Successful Tech Integration

This review helps you navigate useful results, including key elements of successful tech integration, learning outcomes, recommendations on practices and programs by academic subject, tools, and tips for avoiding pitfalls. Learn more.

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Why Video Works

Guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole, a reading and literacy methods instructor, presents her experiences with video in effectively training preservice teachers how to instruct students in the critical skill of close reading.

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5 Tips for Edtech Entrepreneurs

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz, in the interest of aligning new edtech products with the needs of their intended users, offers five practical tips for edtech entrepreneurs eager to develop the next big thing.

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Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype

Each January, I have the opportunity to facilitate a course in Leading and Managing Technology for the Educational Leadership Program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. We organize our learning by exploring...

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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns reviews five movie-making apps for iOS devices and Android tablets, highlighting their no-to-low cost, ease of use, and the wide range of professional-looking products that students can create.

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The Immutable Impact of Black Scientists and Inventors

For Black History Month, Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez talks about the African-American scientists and inventors responsible for some of modern life's indispensible components: light bulbs, elevators, air conditioning, traffic signals, gas masks...

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Common Core in Action: Screencasting in the Fourth Grade Math Classroom

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests three screencasting apps as a way to develop the 21st century skill of communicating clearly while helping fourth graders hit their Common Core Math Standard.

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iPad Be Nimble, iPad Be Quick

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson explains how iPads can accelerate student workflow, why they're not replacements for laptops, and ways in which they can serve a wider range of learners, learning styles and modalities.

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Randy Nelson on Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age

Pixar University's former dean Randy Nelson explains what schools must do to prepare students for jobs in new media.

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7 Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom

Check out these seven ways schools can consider utilizing a drone as a teaching tool.

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10 Self-Evaluation Tips for Technology Instructional Specialists

Successful technology integration must include an element of reflection to stay focused on how individual teachers and learners will use this technology in the classroom.

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Creating a "Least Restrictive Environment" with Mobile Devices

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher looks at how mobile devices can help create a 'least restrictive environment' not only for students with disabilities, but for everyone else as well.

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Face-to-Face vs. Online Learning: Why Is It Either/Or?

Communication skills and growth mindset are critical in adopting a schoolwide online program because, regardless of the technology, these skills are the heart of learning.

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Udio: A Technology-Rich Literacy Experience for Students with Reading Disabilities

Guest blogger Ted Hasselbring, a research professor in Special Education at Vanderbilt University, introduces Udio, an online environment designed to engage and support middle school students who face literacy challenges.

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Redefining Learning Through Screencasting

Beth Holland of EdTech Teacher looks at the SAMR Model as she walks us through ways to redefine learning through screencasting.

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Technology Integration Professional Development Guide

An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for integrating technology tools in the classroom.

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Tech2Learn: Success Stories of Technology Integration in the Classroom

This video series goes inside the classrooms of educators who use technology tools in their lessons every day. Learn from their challenges, celebrate their successes, and share their resources in every episode.

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

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