How to get started on integrating technology

The tweets from the The Role of ICT in the PYP (#ICTinPYP), as well as several blog posts, have made me think more about ICT and how it is taught or integrated at schools.

At my school, ICT is NOT a subject taught separately. However, the fact that the Primary and Middle school share a set of 7 laptops, have one computer in class and there is a computer lab, makes it hard to integrate technology. But lets face it, we can complain all the time… perspective is everything!

How can we go about integrating technology when we have “limited resources”?

  • Think of technology as a tool and not as a lesson: If you do it, the students will follow suit… use technology for a reason, nor for its own sake.
  • Make use of the computer lab, try to go there when you need it (and it is available) and not just for the scheduled time.
  • Get the laptops into class on a regular basis, do not make a big deal out of it… they are laptops, we use them all the time!
  • Think about how technology can enhance and transform the learning in your class… how will students be able to express their understanding of a big idea or concept through technology?
  • Technology isn’t everything… don’t forget that students also love to paint, write, and express themselves in a variety of ways!

I’m a tech person, I talk about wikis, twitter, voicethreads and toondoo and people look at me as though I am speaking a foreign language. Right now I am wondering how I can use my strength to have a positive impact  on my school. To get people on board. What do you think?

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