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Mistakes Teachers Make ... When Integrating Technology


I think we (educators) have all been guilty of some of these mistakes when integrating technology into the classroom. I know I have throughout my 4 year tenure.

This article from Tech&Learning.com shows some of the most common mistakes teachers make when integrating technology. The main points of the article are below.

► Technology being used to substitute an analog activity
► Technology use being seen as an add-on to allow students to use devices, the Internet, a program or an app as a reward, for entertainment, as a time filler for students who finish early
► Technology use as a separate subject area
► Technology as a $1000 pencil initiative
► Technology seen as the solution to motivate and engage students

Taken one step further, here is the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) used by the Arizona Department of Education. A lot of these are "Entry Level" integration, found using the matrix on page two of the linked document. What steps can educators make to move toward transformation?

The key to technology integration is to have students create, collaborate, and apply their own experience and skills using technology seamlessly. Technology is the not main focus of the lesson, content is. Allow students freedom to complete your objectives in ways best suited to their strengths and skill set (differentiate).

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