Meaningful Tech Integration

Incorporating technology in an intentional, meaningful way involves shifting the classroom from being teacher-centered to student-centered

About Meaningful Tech Integration

Topics:

  • Active Engagement
  • Digital Collaboration
  • Visible Thinking
  • Building an Efficient Classroom
  • Organizing Learning with Blended Learning Models
  • Developing Digital Citizens

Overview

Meaningful and appropriate technology use is one key focus in enhancing learning in a flexible classroom. Technology can provide students with context and experiences that they may not have access to otherwise, while giving them more autonomy in the learning process.

Technology access is becoming increasingly prevalent in all K12 classrooms. Many districts have invested funds, especially over the last couple of years, to increase tech accessibility for all and teachers have become more confident in their ability to use technology within their classroom. Although there is increased access to technology equipment, many students, especially in certain demographics (students with disabilities, English Learners, students receiving free and reduced lunches) are not consistently engaging with technology in a way that improves and enhances their learning experience.

Although access has increased, there are many teachers who are still hesitant to integrate technology into their classroom experience.

“Tech for tech’s sake” is not the answer, as we cannot force teachers to integrate technology tools into their classrooms without showing them the benefit and reward that those tools can provide. We also must empower teachers to use technology in a way that leads to effective instructional shifts.

What We Believe

  • In order to effectively implement student-centered instruction, teachers must employ blended learning best practices to structure learning and provide individually tailored resources, supports, and content. 

  • In order to manage an efficient, modern classroom, teachers must implement technology into their everyday practice.

  • In order to engage all learners, teachers must be innovative in their instructional design.

  • Teachers must create a flexible learning environment by using technology to drive the development of 21st century skills through collaboration and communication.

  • Teachers must support students to use technology creatively and purposefully to drive learning and to demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways.

  • Teachers must support students to use technology and digital tools to promote positive and safe interactions and build productive digital citizens.

Featured Strategies

Digital portfolios showcase learning and growth through multiple media, including video and audio recordings
Digital portfolios showcase learning and growth through multiple media, including video and audio recordings
Teacher-created learning videos support students to work at their own pace, with personalized embedded supports and checks for understanding
Teacher-created learning videos support students to work at their own pace, with personalized embedded supports and checks for understanding
Genius Hour supports students to choose learning experiences based on personal interests while targeting skills like critical thinking
Genius Hour supports students to choose learning experiences based on personal interests while targeting skills like critical thinking

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I actively engage students in learning tasks through intentional and meaningful integration of technology.
I design learning experiences that leverage technology to drive student collaboration.
I consistently use technology to support my students in making their thinking visible to construct and share knowledge.
I consistently implement technology to increase my efficiency as a classroom teacher.
I implement blended learning models within my classroom to organize synchronous and asynchronous instruction and drive personalized learning.
I build digital citizenship skills with my students in order to promote positive and responsible engagement with technology.

How BetterLesson Can Help

We provide personalized, continuous support to help teachers and instructional leaders make growth towards their professional goals.
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