There are a couple dozen ways to ‘use’ technology in education. There are also a couple dozen ways to integrate technology in education. Think those two things are the same? Think that throwing a few iPads and a few Edudemic blog posts into a classroom is the best way to launch a 1:1 initiative? In case you couldn’t guess, it’s not. So here’s a hypothetical to clear up my rhetorical questions even more:
You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your school’s curriculum. You give at least one to every classroom. Every student is told to get familiar with the device and you email out a bunch of Edudemic posts on awesome apps we like to all your teachers and students. Job done. Right?
You’re a school principal and decide to make the Apple iPad a cornerstone of your students’ learning. You hand out a handful of iPads to groups of students and have your teachers and other educators work with the students to uncover what apps and learning methods work best for them. You have a student-centric approach where the students are the main users of the iPad. You don’t make it all about the iPad. You make it all about learning and simply use the iPad as just another tool to enhance said learning.
Which principal would you want? What kind of teacher would you be if you threw an iPad into your classroom and basically used it mostly by yourself? That’s the crux of the discussion by the folks over at Teachbytes who came up with the fabulous visualization below. It details 12 ways to properly integrate technology into the classroom. It details what the difference is between ‘using’ technology versus ‘integrating’ and I simply love it. Hope you do too.