Education Technology In The Classroom and Common Core

May 05, 2015
CJ Cannizzaro
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common core standardsEducation Technology Integration is interwoven throughout the Common Core Standards …

“To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technology rich, global society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas; conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems; and analyze and create a high volume (and extensive range) of print and nonprint texts in various media formats.”

Translation please?

    • Technology integration

    is not a computer lab or a cart of iPads. To truly integrate technology is to use it as tool for instruction to vary the presentation of information, to provide technology options for students to engage in content skills, but most importantly it is students creating and sharing new learning with these tools.

 

  • “Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts” – George Lucas, Stars Wars Producer and Founder of Edutopia.

Common Core  Standards (CCSS)

The common core standards math and common core standards ela call for much more for students than just possessing knowledge. The Standards call for students to be able to move further in Bloom’s Taxonomy, with an emphasis on analyzing, evaluating and creating. Integrating technology will engage students and give them the power to gain deeper understanding of new learning.

 

Education Technology Integration and students?

They are “self-directed learners”, effectively seeking out and using resources as they tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and integrating this information with what they learn offline.

Through effective technology integration these students explore and evaluate classic literature and informational text drawing conclusions and making comparisons from a historical perspective to present day context.

Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technology tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.

The 21st century classroom

All technology integration in a classroom requires it to evolve into a student-centered learning environment where the teacher becomes the coach or facilitator and the students collaborate and communicate to derive meaning from their learning experiences. So how do teachers engage students in the classroom through technology — with Project-Based Learning!

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying.

Education Technology Summary

It is important to remember that it is not the quantity of technology resources that teachers can provide, but rather the quality of content! For technology proficient students to succeed they must be able to interact in a meaningful way with top quality content that challenges, engages and is relevant to their college and career goals. Students in PBL classrooms are spending more time learning about important content through experiences that emphasize the Four C’s: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication.

CJ is a certified professional educator with a MS in Instructional Technology. With over 25 years in education she is a consultant  to educational textbook publishers, school districts and corporations. As a professional development and training specialist  she was a major contributor to the CPALMS project, as well as a designer and facilitator for the Florida PROMiSE Grant Initiative.  She has written professional development courses to integrate technology in the classroom and collaborated with school districts  on Common Core for Math grades K-8. Originally a NJ native, she now resides in Florida where she continues to share her teaching strategies and educational technology ideas.
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