Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, digital cameras, CD-ROMs, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent. Technology integration is achieved when a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a computer or researching via the Internet.
Technology integration is achieved when technology is accessible and readily available for the task at hand, the 21st Century task. Technology integration is achieved when technology tools support the curricular goals, and help the students to effectively reach their goals. Students are more actively engaged in projects when technology integration is a seamless part of the learning process.
The acceptance of change is a major requirement for technology integration. Technology is continuously changing. It is an ongoing process. It demands continual learning. Change is not always easy. The initial human reaction to change is resistance. Resistance makes for slow change, but change is inevitable.
Technology integration is use the use of computer-based or electronic media resources as tools for student learning.
The use of technology in the classroom can effectively impact student learning when the technology is integrated fully into the teaching. Technology enables the following:
- Students to become motivated, engaged and learn actively
- Authentic learning
- Collaborative learning
- Explore, discover and produce knowledge
- Meets the multiple learning styles and intelligences students have
- Students to become proficiency in technology literacy skills
- Performance-based assessments