[Technology Integration]

Technology Integration Matrix

Michelle Cowell, the Technology Integration Consultant from AEA267, introduced me to the Technology Integration Matrix, which is a teaching and resource "grid" used to assist educators in designing technology-rich lessons with higher order thinking skills and relevance.  The matrix describes the types of tasks that can be designed for student learning with the intent to modify tasks in assisting that learning.  The Matrix can be found HERE.  PDF versions for teacher and student use can be found HERE.  The Technology Integration Matrix was designed by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.
   Arizona has developed a similar matrix HERE, which uses the Florida matrix with some revisions.

Depth of Knowledge

The Depth of Knowledge is a model describing the types of conceptual rigor used by students in tasks.  The DoK chart gives an educator a chance to change the rigor of a task by using different terminology in assigning the task.  Here is the model:

DoK explanatory video from NYC DOE:

Depth of Knowledge from NYC DOE Promising Pract on Vimeo.

Webb's Depth of Knowledge for Four Content Areas Article (CLICK HERE)


SAMR is a model for describing how technology is being used in a classroom or within a student task.  The levels of description are:

S- Substitution: the technology is being used to do something that can be done on paper.  An example- typing a research paper.

A- Augmentation: the technology adds a little more to the task that normally can't be done without it.  An example- typing a research paper, and using spell-check to correct spelling errors.

M- Modification: the technology allows teachers to significantly modify the task for students.  An example: doing research by interviewing an expert in the field via Skype or Google Hangouts.

R- Redefinition: the technology allows for the creation of tasks for students that were previously inconceivable.  An example- designing a research project by collaborating with students in different parts of the world to track data sent from a robot built by the student, then having university researchers peer-review the data on a blog.

While SAMR does a nice job of describing how technology is used in a classroom, it does not help to design technology tasks.  Scott Mcleod and his team at Prairie Lakes AEA are working on a tool to help design tasks that use technology to modify and redefine lesson plans.  His tool, called the TRUDACOT, takes both the TPACK and SAMR models into consideration.  You can check out the early draft of the TRUDACOT here.