How to Overcome Technology Integration Barriers

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Why the Need to Integrate Technology

  • Future implications for students: Post -high school institutions will expect students to use technology for research, communication, and presentations. Those students that are technologically illiterate will be forced to take remedial class – as a result they will have increases in educational expenses and graduate later than their peers, as noted in “Uses of Advanced Technology in Remedial Instruction”
  • A U.S. Department of Labor Report states, “By 2006, nearly half of all U.S. workers will be employed in industries that produce or intensively use information technology products and services” (21st Century Workforce Commission, June 2000, p. 10)
  • Present implications for students: Technology motivates students with multimedia and prepares them to think in constructivist ways, as noted in “The Role of Online Communications in Schools: A National Study”
  • Teacher benefits: Increase in communications with parents, students, teachers, research; increases teacher productivity and efficiency, as noted in ”Technology Integration in the Early Childhood Classroom ”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics’ “Teacher Use of the Computer and the Internet in Public Schools“ , “less than 10 percent of teachers reported using computers or the Internet to access model lesson plans or to access research and best practices.”

What are the barriers to teachers integrating technology

  • Motivation
  • Lack of support (money, time, & leadership)
  • Teacher mindset
  • Lack of tools
  • Lack of understanding for the technology

How to overcome the barriers to integrating technology (for teachers)

  • Look at the standards for technology
  • Understand the implications of not integrating technology
  • Ask for support
  • Make it a priority
  • Be flexible and open minded
  • Do what you can with what you have on hand
  • Use low tech alternatives

What does an integrated lesson plan look like?

It may be different for each teacher because factors such as grade level, student ability, location, and resources can all create different looking classes. For those teachers that have “ideal” classrooms with computers, Internet access, and other resources, a teacher may do any of the following:

  • Download lesson plans, quizzes, and games
  • Download clip art for a bulletin board
  • Create a class website
  • Create a Web Quest
  • Perform Online assessment
  • Do Tutorials
  • Have students take pictures with a digital camera

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