What is Technology Integration?
Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is:
- Routine and transparent
- Accessible and readily available for the task at hand
- Supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals
When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool -- it is second nature. And students are often more actively engaged in projects when technology tools are a seamless part of the learning process.
The SAMR Model for Technology Integration
So, how does one improve their use of digital tools in the classroom for instruction? While you will need to learn how to use various digital learning tools to use with your students, you also need to be reflective of HOW you are using the technology. Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model for teachers to use to assist them in thinking about how they are using technology in the classroom.
Watch this quick video to learn more about the SAMR model and how you can use it when designing your own technology-integrated lessons.