What are Best Practices in Technology Integration:

Best Pratices in Technology Integration include authentic problem-based learning experiences in which students use critical thinking skills in activites that would not be possible without the technology. Research shows that this kind of integration has the most impact on student learning.
Best Practices also include the 21st century skills that students will need in "real" world situations:
  • Writing - all of this requires writing and organizing thoughts.
  • Collaboration - In this shrinking "flat" world students need to learn to combine ideas and work together.
  • Communication - creating for a real audience - authentic learning
  • Engagement - engaging learners with the materials in new exciting ways.

Where To Start:

Determine where you are as a learner and a teacher.
  1. Where do you currently rank in the LoTi Scale? (Levels of Technology Integration)
  2. Where do you fall on the Texas STaR Chart?
  3. Do you know the SBEC standards?
  4. Grappling's Technology and Learning Spectrum is an instructional framework charting three broad categories of technology uses for teaching and learning: 1) Literacy Uses 2) Adapting Uses and 3) Transforming Uses. Grappling's Spectrum

Identify where do you want to be as a learner and teacher by the end of this school year?
  1. How can you align with the campus goals for the school year?
  2. Is the gap between where you are and where you want to be doable in the given timeframe?
  3. What support are you going to need to accomplish this?

Designing the Lesson:

  1. Look at your TEKS and the ARRC
  2. Identify an upcoming unit
  3. Highlight Student expectations - How can the students demonstrate these to you?
  4. Create the Rubric for evaluating the student learning
  5. Contact your friendly librarians and ITS for ideas as you start
  6. Design the Project

Some suggestions: