tech_integ.jpgI follow this blog from a technology integrator from Kentucky. Some really good ideas have come from his writings.

Here is a link to the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM). It will help you gauge how effectively tech is being used in your school and in your classroom. The TIM is great because it focuses on the learning outcomes that can be realized with the effective integration of technology. Along the top of the rubric are ranges in levels of tech integration: entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, transformation. Along the side are the categories being graded: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed. Each cell in the matrix will have a video (or several videos) which illustrate the integration of technology in classrooms where only a few computers are available and/or classrooms where every student has access to a laptop computer.

Here is a link to a matrix for classroom visitation which is a good tool for assessing technology in the classroom. Here is another one that is easily understood by all. It is called HEATand was created by the LoTi Connection - H.E.A.T. stands for Higher-order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic learning, and Technology use. The H.E.A.T. Framework measures the integration of these four factors in classroom instruction. Here are 2 links to the work of Robert J. Marzano on the Art and Science of Teaching. The first link is to Marzano's work on observing what you do to improve your teaching. The second is on his work on other's observation to improve teaching.

These short videos feature Florida teachers integrating technology into their classrooms. From the same source, here are some answers to FAQ on classroom management when using computers in your classroom.