Week 8 – Using technology vs. Technology intergration

As I was reading through week 8 moodle books, I came across this framework ‘Using technology vs. Technology integration’. Aditi Rao developed the following table and explains its origin in his blog post. I found this framework very interesting as it sheds light on the two different aspects of technology, and that as teachers we should not be using technology, but in fact aiming towards “Technology Integration”.

Using technology

Technology Integration

Technology usage is random, arbitrary and often an afterthought Technology usage is planned and purposeful
Technology is rare or sporadically used in the classroom Technology is a routine part of the classroom environment.
Technology is used purely for the sake of using technology Technology is used to support curricular goals & learning objectives
Technology is used to instruct students on content Technology is used to engage students with content
Technology is mostly being used by the instructor(s) Technology is mostly being used by the student(s)
Focus on simply using technologies. Focus on using technologies to create and develop new thinking processes
More instructional time is spent learning how to use the technology More instructional time is spent using the technology to learn
Technology is used to complete lower-order thinking tasks Technology is used to encourage higher-order thinking skills
Technology is used solely by individuals working alone Technology is used to facilitate collaboration in and out of the classroom
Technology is used to facilitate activities that are feasible or easier without technology Technology is used to facilitate activities that would otherwise be difficult or impossible
Technology is used to deliver information Technology is used to construct and build knowledge
Technology is peripheral to the learning activity Technology is essential to the learning activity
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