There’s an older article on the Edutopia website called ‘Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many‘. I love this quote:
“Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports curricular goals.”
The comments are much more useful than the article, itself, in terms of how to actually implement this integration. Teachers share their successes, their concerns, and ideas for technology integration that can work for any subject and any grade.
A more recent reflection on this idea also comes from Edutopia, but from the esteemed authors of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns”, Christensen and Horn. Their article reiterates this:
“The United States has spent more than $60 billion equipping schools with computers during the last two decades, but as countless studies and any routine observation reveal, the computers have not transformed the classroom… The key to transforming the classroom with technology is in how it is implemented.”
From this, from hearing Judy Harris speak at the Innovative Learning Convention, and from many other leaders in technology integration, the message is becoming very obvious and very loud. We need to reach a point where using technology in the classroom is as normal as using paper – no need to think about it, it’s just a given part of almost every lesson.
Try something new in your classroom today!