Implementing Technology to Create Effective Learning Environments

There are many degrees of implementing technology and the largest concern for educators is ensuring that our efforts are authentic and conducive to enhancing our students’ education. A good tool to help educators reflect on their effectiveness is the Technology Integration Matrix provided by The Florida Centre for Instructional Technology.

It is an interactive matrix outlining the five levels of technology integration:

  1. Entry
  2. Adoption
  3. Adaption
  4. Infusion
  5. Transformation

The highest level would be one that incorporates characteristics of quality learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed, authentic and collaborative. The best part about this resource is that it includes sample lesson plans, videos, evaluative tools and professional development opportunities and support.  I suggest using it as a means for reflection, gaining ideas and improving student engagement.

Please look at my group’s collaborative reflection on Google Docs to get some more ideas for classroom uses.



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