At AISB, we believe that technology should be integrated seamlessly into the curriculum, rather than being an add-on or separate subject. Our department works closely with teachers to identify areas where technology can enhance student learning and engagement. We offer professional development opportunities to help teachers develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively integrate technology into their lessons.
Technology integration and frameworks like the ISTE Standards for students (International Society for Technology in Education, 2016) are used as lenses to review and enhance the curriculum and our professional practice, providing learning opportunities that would not have been possible otherwise. As an authentic, balanced, and intentional process, skills and concepts related to technology use are interwoven into the fabric of our program of inquiry and taught in context.
Our focus is on using technology to create meaningful learning experiences that promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Inspired by our beliefs, extensive research, and the work of University of Michigan's Professor Dr. Liz Kolb, our team has adopted the Triple E Framework to assist in our technology integration efforts at AISB.
Our goal centers in the intentional selection of technology tools and instructional strategies that can Engage, Engage and Extend the learning, with a focused understanding of how students learn.
The following infographic outlines the framework's central ideas, and has been created and graciously shared by Instructional Technology Coach Kristin Cash (@SraCash):
Graphic produced and shared by @SraCash.
At AISB, we abide by the definition adopted by our International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, where integration relates to pedagogy and ways of thinking, and implementation pertains to the tools, infrastructure and other things used to support teaching and learning.
Like the IB, we believe that while both concepts are dependent of one another, integration drives implementation.