Enhancing essential classroom practice with technology integration

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Target Audiences: K - 6 & 7 - 12

Greater and greater investment in technology resources (1:1 programs, increased access to devices, upgraded internet access, makerspaces, digital subscriptions etc) have so far failed to translate into measurably improved student outcomes.

But why is that the case?

Do these results mean technology itself has failed to live up to potential, or is it our approach to teaching with that technology that is responsible? Technology will only continue to become more available and more embedded, so how can we use the resources we have to make a difference in student learning?

For many years technology has been taught and used in a disciplinary, stand-alone way, or seen as the responsibility of the ‘ICT teacher’, yet this is not the way that technology is used by adults or students beyond the walls of the school. For the majority of us, technology is a tool we integrate in our lives to enhance how we communicate, socialise, manage our finances, work on projects, create music and art, and for many other purposes. In the classroom, all teachers can use technology to enhance how they teach and how our students learn. We need to do this not just because this is how we can best prepare our students for life in an increasingly technological world, but because when it is integrated purposefully, planned for thoughtfully and implemented meaningfully it will truly benefit our ability to think flexibly in a world needing creative problem-solvers.

During this workshop, classroom teachers look deeply at elements of learning such as assessment, differentiation, communication, collaboration, and constructing understanding, and explore how integrated technology tools and approaches can enhance elements of learning in a day-to-day capacity.

Together we will explore the role of mindset in shaping teacher approaches and beliefs about technology in the classroom and be introduced to strategies for developing positive technology mindsets to increase confidence and capacity. You will learn how to plan for, scaffold and implement technology integration in an effective and purposeful way, to ensure that technology integration, rather than being an add-on, truly enhances what is happening in the classroom.

Through hands-on activities (tailored to in-school resources), in-context modelling, professional conversation and targeted support, teachers will explore how feedback, questioning, reflection, assessment, student participation, small group instruction, differentiation and other vital components of modern education can be enhanced by technology integration to benefit all teachers and students.