Yesterday I wrote about my concerns that teachers have a wide range of knowledge with regard to current technology. I believe if things remain the same, students will, indeed, suffer. It seems time to consider mandating instructional technology skills for all educators at all levels.
The question is where to start doing how to measure to what extent teachers have integrated technology into the curriculum. I have discovered two resources that could be used:
1- The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. The TIM is a video resource supporting the full integration of technology in schools. It is also a guideline. "The Technology Integration Matrix illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments."
The Technology Integration Matrix can be found here.
2-Tiers of Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicators from the State of Washington. The 2005 Washington State Technology Integration into the Curriculum Working Group defined technology integration, and also developed the Tiers of Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicators with a set of examples for how these might be observed or assessed, for districts to use in assessing and reporting the level of technology integration of its teachers.
Tiers of Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicators can be found here.