Technology In The Classroom!

The future of learning has arrived, and it’s fully interactive! Digital technology is gradually transforming the K-12 classroom environment. Student and teacher roles are in flux, with students now taking an active part in their own learning. With the increasingly common use of new technologies like interactive whiteboards and networked learning environments, teachers are also becoming learners as they shift into new styles of information sharing. Many classrooms are also undergoing physical changes to accommodate the structural needs of a technology-dependent curriculum. The classroom of the 21st century reaches out beyond its four walls, bringing in external resources with digital tools. In a best practice scenario, digital technology in the classroom allows for a revolutionary approach to teaching.

There is plenty of online information about integrating technology in the classroom. In fact, readers might find the abundance of sources to be overwhelming. In this list, you’ll find an overview of relevant information that can be helpful to teachers, administrators, and parents of K-12 students. These links offer a broader look at the benefits and challenges of digital classrooms, as well as some concrete strategies for developing these resources to serve a particular classroom.

Unleashing the Future

This report by Project Tomorrow summarizes the findings of a 2009 national survey of teachers, students, and administrators about their vision of classroom technology. It includes a discussion of learning environments that are socially based, untethered, and digitally rich.

Effects of Technology on Classroom and Students

As a summary of the potential benefits of using technology in the classroom, this article makes the case that the technology environment opens a greater range of possibilities for achievement.

Classrooms, Library Media Centers, and New Technology

This detailed list proposes design recommendations for a successful technology experience in the classroom or media center, including the physical supports needed for a technology-rich environment.

Making Tech Work for Teachers

This case study features a fifth-grade teacher who integrates smart board technology with traditional teaching methods to access the benefits of both methods. It also lists several specific classroom uses of smart boards.

The Ideal Classroom for the 21st Century

This overview of the Interactive Electronic Classroom at the Maryland State Archives describes the features of a model classroom, including a teacher-controlled Internet research capability.

Levels of Technology Integration into the Classroom

A detailed chart presents three levels of technology integration, with specific benchmarks for each tier. The tiers range from “Teacher Focus on Productivity” to “Powerful Student-Centered Twenty First Century Learning Environment.”

Using Electronic Whiteboards in Your Classroom: Benefits

As an overview of anecdotal feedback about the use of smart boards in the classroom, this resource includes links to full text of each feedback source.

Shaping Tech for the Classroom

This article describes a four-step process by which technology is adopted in the classroom setting, moving from occasional use of digital tools to the embrace of new teaching approaches.

Developing a Community Engagement Model for Integrating Mobile Games into the Classroom

An academic paper details how to use smartphone-based mobile learning applications to expand the potential collaborative learning. Specific examples include mobile games, such as those that enhance environmental learning related to a specific geographic location.

Dispelling Five Myths

This report details the results of a national survey of K-12 teachers and administrators about the use of technology in the classroom. It examines whether technology aids in students’ development of specific skills, such as flexibility, accountability, and innovation.

National PBS Survey Finds Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech

This article describes feedback from a 2012 national survey asking teachers of pre-K through 12th grade about barriers to technology use in the classroom.

Fueling Inclusion through Technology

Here’s a look at how mobile devices and other assistive technology can help special needs students keep pace with peers in the classroom.

The Continuing Challenges of Technology Integration for Teachers

This article explains the vital link between curriculum mapping and integration of technology in classrooms, including a seven-step process for curriculum development that supports the use of technology.

Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)

As an infographic providing a visual matrix of how using technology can enhance K-12 learning, this resource demonstrates outcomes based on the overlap of environmental qualities with specific levels of tech integration in the classroom.

Web Environments

This overview of networked learning environments includes research findings, resources, and tips for implementing Web environments in the classroom.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning and Assess Students in Real-Time

This white paper shows how digital tools can support personalized learning goals for students.

Four Ways to Prepare Teachers for Technology Integration

A description of four projects in technology education, which have supported the integration of technology into classrooms, includes the concept of digital backpacks for schools with few tech resources.

Can Teacher Technology Integration Training Alone Lead to High Levels of Technology Integration?

In this research study, it was found that many teachers need follow-up support or mentoring in order to effectively implement technology integration training.

Tools and Activities for Technology Integration

This article outlines an approach to integrating technology in the classroom, based on standards developed by the Alabama State Board of Education. It includes a rationale for technology integration and a list of technology-based learning activities.

Making and Taking Virtual Field Trips in Pre-K and the Primary Grades

This resource describes the benefits and logistical details of creating virtual field trips (VFTs) for primary and pre-K classroom groups. It also includes tips on post-VFT learning activities to enhance the technological experience.

Schools Use QR Codes to Imbed Learning

This case study looks at an elementary school in Oklahoma that uses QR codes with grant-funded smart phones to deepen student engagement. A sidebar link leads the reader to further resources for QR code use in the classroom.

HSE Advice on the Use of Interactive Whiteboards

These guidelines for safe use of smart board products offer precautions about the potentially damaging light that is emitted by electronic whiteboard devices.

Beyond the “Wow” Factor: Developing Interactivity with the Interactive Whiteboard

This article examines potential methods for increasing student engagement when using a smart board product. Recommendations are included regarding how interactive whiteboard use can positively benefit an individual’s approach to teaching.


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