The Technology Integration Matrix and Me

June 21, 2013 | Posted in: personal reflection

This week in our online and blended learning course we took a look at the Technology Integration Matrix. As I don’t deliver content in the areas of LA, Math, Science, or Social Students to a classroom of students any longer, it’s hard to pick a spot where I belong, because my job these days is working with teachers and helping them integrate technology into their own classrooms. So if I approach the matrix as a whole and look at each square’s description and think about HOW I work with teachers and deliver professional development instead of focusing on a traditional teacher’s subject areas, I find myself somewhere around the Adaptation column, wishing I was more into the Infusion section, but feeling like I’m working that direction. When I teach, I focus a lot on collaboration and the tools I like to use and share with teachers involves the ability to collaborate in a variety of ways or for a variety of purposes. When I read the intersection of Adaptation and Collaborative, for example, it says:

Students independently use technology tools in conventional ways for collaboration. Students are developing a conceptual understanding of the use of technology tools for working with others.
The teacher provides opportunities for students to use technology to work with others. The teacher selects and provides technology tools for students to use in collaborative ways, and encourages students to begin exploring the use of these tools.
Desks and workstations are arranged so that multiple students can access technology tools simultaneously.

In my training environment I’m often introducing a new tool or demonstrating how a tool works in context of what the group teaches, to give them some practical examples that they can actually go back and use right away. I’d like to think that the development of my professional development has evolved to this point, where there are bite-sized chunks of modeling, and then opportunities for my “students” to work with others. Because the training is on something specific, I’m often providing the tool and then encouraging them to explore them and apply them in their area.

I feel like when I started my position three years ago, I was definitely further left. More Entry. When I was a classroom teacher several years back the idea of 1:1 or BYOD was newish and not very mainstream or widespread, and we all used the computer lab as much as possible usually for research and typing papers for homework assignments. So yes, we were using computers, but that didn’t mean it was more than just a substitutional use, when referring to the SAMR model. This makes me feel good, though, when I look at the Technology Integration Matrix, because I feel like I can see that I’ve come a long way. So has technology in the classroom, though! And seeing the Infusion and Transformation columns help me see where I want to be and where I need to go. I feel like I have a good grasp of these columns on paper and in my head, and I’d love to think that if I were back in a traditional classroom these days that I could say with certainty that I’d be Transformational all the time, but let’s be honest… I also know that in my head and the reality of day-to-day are not always the same. But I’d sure be trying, and that’s better than nothing.

Right now my focus is helping move other teachers who are more Entry or Substitution to move forward and progress with technology in a meaningful way. Heck, for some I’m still working on getting their feet wet. It’s a daunting task some days, and I know that if it is for me, it definitely is for them, but as long as we’re shifting our thinking towards embracing technology and shifting into the facilitator role and letting students drive the bus, we’ll all get there eventually.

4 responses to “The Technology Integration Matrix and Me”

  1. Do you think you will use the matrix with your teachers so they can evaluate themselves?

  2. Lesley says:

    I think the matrix and the SAMR model is going to be key this upcoming school year to help teachers start thinking more about how they’re using technology and show them where they need to go. I definitely think they could evaluate themselves using the matrix!

  3. Joe says:

    Hello Lesley,

    Would it make any sense to replace the left column in the TIM (Characteristics of the Learning Environments) with the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Remember -> Creating) and organize lessons within the boxes that way? I often conduct one-on-one PDs with teachers and wondering if this organizational method would be more beneficial during those session as oppose to using the TIM as is. Interested to know your thoughts.

  4. Lesley says:

    Sure, if this makes sense to you it may be really useful. I felt a bit overwhelmed with the matrix but it might be because I am not as familiar with it. I am guessing that several people would find that organizational method helpful.

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