4 stages of edtech integration from a student perspective

Britten, Shannon


Bibliographic Citation: Heick, T. (2018). 4 stages of edtech integration from a student perspective. Teach Thought. Retrieved from: https://www.teachthought.com/technology/4-stages-the-integration-of-technology-in-learning/

Summary: This article talks about the 4 stages of integrating technology into learning, and how to best design learning experiences too take advantage of the available technology.

Evaluation/Opinion: I like how this article moves through and explores the 4 stages of technology integration, but also stresses that these are not a linear framework to take students through each school year. Rather, Heick stresses that teachers should evaluate the  proficiency of their students and the level of technological integration that the learning experience calls for. The goal is to leverage the technology and the users abilities into a self directed learning experiences. The article also interprets the main points in an infographic, which I really appreciate as a visual learner.

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies and Teaching Both

Hertz-Newman, Jenny


Bali, M. (2016). Knowing the difference between digital skills and digital literacies and teaching both. Literacy Today. Retrieved from: https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2016/02/03/knowing-the-difference-between-digital-skills-and-digital-literacies-and-teaching-both

This article makes the important distinction between digital skills such as the ability to use digital tools (i.e., how to download, how to retweet, how to use Powerpoint) and digital literacies, which Bali (2016) characterizes as the “issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose”.  In other words it’s important for teachers to make sure they are teaching both the HOW of using digital tools as well as the WHEN and WHY involved with using those tools.

I appreciate the way Bali (2016) discusses the contextualized teaching and learning involved in digital literacy — when would you use Google instead of another platform, when should your use be determined by issues of privacy, issues of source reliability, issues of appropriateness and long term consequences of a particular posting?  She proposes a progressive model, scaling up in complexity in both skills and literacy.


Mason, Ariella


Hagemans, Mieke G., Van der Meij, Hans, & De Jong, Ton. (2013). The Effects of a Concept Map-Based Support Tool on Simulation-Based Inquiry Learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105(1), 1-24

This study observes the effects of concept maps on inquiry learning environments. Study one found that students with color coded and non-colored concept maps performed better. The interesting part was that there was no difference in completed and incomplete assignments, rather the students with the concept map were found to more often go back and restudy the areas they got wrong. Study 2 discovered that any concept map can assist learning, and that the color coding and order of learning supplement each other.

I found this article useful because it describes how the way you show the student’s what they are learning can be of equal importance to how they learned. This article helped me in thinking of how to create rooms for KBCs for the projects in this class.

Media Literacy – 14 Apps for Kids Who Think Reading is Boring"

MaryLee Helm


Common Sense Media. (2017). 14 Apps for Kids Who Think Reading is Boring. Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/14-apps-for-kids-who-think-reading-is-boring?j=5163384&l=512_HTML&u=78020539&mid=7000332&jb=509&utm_source=072117+Default&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly#

Browse through the apps, read a short synopsis of each, and decide whether it’s something that could benefit your students (or children). They are all rated and can help you determine whether it’s the right one for your situation.

Since we all created a Symbaloo account and started our webmix, the apps may be possible resources to add. There’s something for all grade levels, so give it a look and hopefully you’ll find something that appeals to you and your students.

Zepnick, Jaclyn


Ray, M. (2016). Changing the Conversation About Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.schoollibraryadvocacy.org/recent.html

This Ted Talk by Mark Ray is empowering. He discusses the idea of creating “future ready librarians” and how school librarians need to work together in order to connect and be truly transformative district leaders. Also check out his collaborative endeavor: Project Connect.

Spector, J. M., Ifenthaler, D., Sampson, D., Yang, L. (., Mukama, E., Warusavitarana, A., & … Gibson, D. C. (2016). Technology Enhanced Formative Assessment for 21st Century Learning. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 19(3), 58-71.

This article details the importance of providing formative assessments.  It discusses how formative assessments have changed over time and how now they are more important than ever. Since, these types of assessments have grown in importance they have changed a great deal in structure. This article discusses how formative assessments how grown to include 21st century learning topics or technology.  It discusses how educators have changed their assessements to reflect these new 21st century skills.