It is time you have a matrix to guide your use of technology in the classroom. I am definitely sure that all of you are using technology with students but have you ever asked yourself whether you are using this technology in a pedagogically sound way ? What about if your school principle, parents of your students, or even say a supervisor inquired about the educational implications of the technology you are using in your classroom ? Do you have solid answers that are deeply grounded in the teaching pedagogy and literature to provide those inquirers or you are using technology because it is " a la mode " and everybody else is using it?
This is where the importance of Technology Integration Matrix comes into play. Here is what this matrix is all about :
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) 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. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.
Below is a snapshot of a TIM I find really interesting and that every teacher using technology in their class should have.
Check out the original matrix and click on each level to access more resources.