Integrating Technology is one of six learning modules created for the College Educator Development Program, a collaboration of six Ontario colleges: Conestoga, Fanshawe, Lambton, Mohawk, Niagara and St.Clair. The learning module is self-paced with videos addressing the following topics: the benefits and challenges of technology, common technologies and their application, and selecting educational technology.
Type of Material:
The material is an online course module.
The best use of the material is a self-paced professional development activity or as a course resource for an integrating technology class. It would be useful in higher education as well as professional development.
The major learning goals are to teach users about the benefits, challenges and theories of integrating technology into the classroom. After completing the module, users will be able to identify learning technologies and link them to classroom activities; and create a technology enhanced learning activity.
Target Student Population:
K-12 teachers and university faculty may be interested in using this material. Integrating computer technology into the classroom is one of the requirements of the Common Core State Standard; it is appropriate for pre-service and in-service teachers at all levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Having experience with teaching and planning courses would be helpful in comprehending the module's content.
Module is organized around progressive steps from looking at the role of educational technology, benefits and challenges of use, identifying synchronous and asynchronous activities, and selecting frameworks (SAMR, SECTIONS, TPACK) models for use. It is a self-paced model with activities and assessments (complete with feedback) built into the module. The content is based on instructional design and educational technology theories.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning material can be used in an introduction to media design, instructional technology, or integrating technology into classrooms courses to teach learners how to design lessons that use technology as a tool. Each lesson in the module identifies the learning objectives, has supporting resources, summaries, and opportunities for practice to reinforce the concepts that are presented. Integrating Technology can also be used as a stand alone course.
Learners and educators can utilize the module in its entirety or opt to select sections for use with skill development in any of the outlined areas.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The module uses graphics, audio, and text to teach course concepts. The user can use the menu located on the left side to select individual topics to view at their own pace or the course topics can be viewed in order. The user can also exit the course and return at a later date. Navigation is easy.
Other Issues and Comments:
Useful tool for those looking to explore options regarding integrating technology.
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