Enhancing essential classroom practice with technology integration

Target Audiences: K - 6 & 7 - 12

Day 1

Welcome & Logistics

Session 1: Setting the scene

The role of technology in education is changing and has been changing for some time -what does this change look like, why is it happening and what does it mean for us as teachers?

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. Why is that? Does this mean technology itself has failed to live up to potential, or is it our approach to teaching with that technology that is responsible? Technology investment and accessibility is not going to reduce - on the contrary it will only become more available and more embedded, so how can we use the resources we have to make a different in student learning?

In this first session, we will explore and discuss some of the current research and discourse around technology integration and technology in education. We will introduce you to the Intechgrate Model, which we believe can answer some of these questions, and you will have an opportunity to discuss and relate these ideas to technology in your context.

Session 2: Technology Mindsets

Research has shown that how we, as professionals and as people, feel about technology has a huge impact on the extent and quality of technology use and integration in our classrooms, yet we rarely have the time or opportunity to explore our underlying beliefs, understandings and mindset about technology (or any other aspect of education!). In this session we will support you to consider how your personal, cultural, educational and professional experiences, beliefs and understandings have shaped how you use and teach with technology, and explore the idea of developing positive individual and institutional mindsets around technology.

Session 3: Teacher Tools vs Teaching Tools

We will explore what the differences, commonalities, potentials and challenges are with teacher tools (digital tools you use to do your job outside the classroom), and teaching tools (the digital tools you use with students). What tools are available to you in your context, and how can you build your confidence and capacity with both teacher and teaching tools to enable you to teach and work confidently, effectively and efficiently in an increasingly technological workplace?

Session 4:

Enhancing day-to-day teaching with technology:

Taking a purpose-based approach to technology integration means using technology to enhance essential classroom practice not just during "ICT" or in your technology lab or makerspace but in an embedded and meaningful way all relevant areas of teaching and learning. In this session we will demonstrate, model, discuss and give you an opportunity to explore different technology integration tools and approaches to enhance formative assessment, questioning and differentiation.

Questions & Reflections

Day 2

Welcome, questions and reflections

Session 1: Enhancing day-to-day learning with technology

Technology has the potential be a powerful tool to enhance what we call the "3 C's of student learning":

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Constructing Understanding

In this session we will introduce you to the 3 Cs and their role in student learning with a range of practical pedagogical examples and digital tools. 

Session 2: Enhancing day-to-day learning with technology - Continued

With an awareness and familiarity with technology's potential to enhance the 3 C's, in this session we will help you to identify opportunities for technology integration and provide you with strategies, tools and approaches to plan for and scaffold technology integration so it is effective and successful.

Session 3: Exploration, planning and goal-setting time

In this final session we will provide guidance, practical support and advice to you and your team to help you take the learning from their workshop and apply it to your classroom and curriculum. You will have the time and opportunity to work with the digital tools we have modelled and introduced during the workshop, discuss your thoughts and questions with others, and to set goals and create concrete short and medium-term plans.

Final questions & Reflections