I came across the Technology Integration Matrix today. It’s a resource created to ‘support the full integration of technology in Florida schools’, but is great for any department, faculty, or school that wants to analyse where it is with integrating educational technology.
It reminds me of the ‘Apple Schools of the Future’ programme in the 1990s, which observed teachers’ classrooms changing fundamentally due to the integration of computers.
Five levels of technology integration into the curriculum are defined:
- Entry – The teacher uses technology to deliver curriculum content to students.
- Adoption – The teacher directs students in the conventional use of tool-based software. If such software is available, this level is the recommended.
- Adaptation – The teacher encourages adaptation of tool-based software by allowing students to select a tool and modify its use to accomplish the task at hand.
- Infusion – The teacher creates a learning environment that infuses the power of technology tools throughout the day across subject areas.
- Transformation – The teacher creates a rich learning environment in which students regularly engage in activities that would have been impossible to achieve without technology.
It’s well worth a read – you can download the PDF to print out for your own use here.