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Technology Integration Resources

Looking for help with technology integration? You're in luck. A growing number of Web sites offer useful ideas, lesson plans, activities and resources for using technology to increase student learning. Whether you're a newbie or a technology guru, you'll learn something new at the featured sites below. Included: More than a dozen Web sites to help educators increase and improve technology integration.

Used effectively, technology can change the way we think and learn. But along with the technology, come issues such as how to best integrate it into the curriculum, Internet safety, access for all, and keeping up with the newest equipment. The following sites will give you some ideas and resources for using the technology efficiently in your classroom.

Center for Children and Technology
By conducting basic, applied, formative and summative research, the Center investigates how technology can influence and enhance teaching and learning.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Focused on the challenges of educating children in a rapidly changing media landscape, the Center conducts original research on emerging education technologies and collaborates with educators and media producers to put this research into action.

Center for Technology in Learning
The Center aims to improve student learning, enhance teaching effectiveness, develop meaningful assessments, and evaluate program impacts in preschool and K–12 schools.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE is a membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the effective use of technology.

CyberSmart Curriculum
This free K-8 curriculum includes 65 standards-based lesson plans and activity sheets designed to teach "safe, responsible, and effective use of school technology." Lessons, which are aligned with ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), are grouped by grade level. The site also provides online professional development, classroom posters, and tips for parents.

The INTIME project site provides research, information, and -- most notably -- online videos about integrating technology into research-based methods of teaching and learning. The videos currently available show expert teachers making technology an integral part of the learning process. Each video is accompanied by an overview, teacher interview, lesson plans, probing questions and standards. The video library can be searched by several criteria, including content area, grade level, teacher name, software, hardware, and more.

EduScapes offers a wealth of resources for teachers, parents, students, and, according to the site itself, "life-long learners of all ages." The site is designed to help connect Internet resources with all curriculum areas and to provide resources for teachers trying to integrate technology into their curriculum.

Computers for Learning
This U.S. General Services Administration site offers an opportunity for pre-K-12 schools to obtain surplus federal technology equipment, including computers, printers, modems, routers, servers, and more. The site also provides information on how to find assistance if computers require upgrading, how to contact volunteers with technical computer knowledge, and how to arrange for free shipping.



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Updated 06/24/2013