Teachers who have new educational “toys,” such as interactive whiteboards,
may find themselves trying to figure out how to add the new technology to
their instruction, rather than planning based on instructional objectives.
planned to play an exam review game
with their classes using the interactive
Ruffin, Outlaw, and Smith are
convinced that their students will
be much more interested in this redesigned solar system unit that uses
interactive technologies and student-centered instructional methods instead of a lecture. They found that the
activity-types taxonomy helped them
think of more activities and technologies to integrate into their lessons.
the science activity types taxonomy
by visiting the Activity Types Wiki
and sharing your ideas via the online
survey posted there.
“Grounded Tech Integration,” L&L, September/
October, 2009, pp. 22–25
“Grounded Tech Integration: English Language
Arts,” L&L, February 2009, pp. 28–30
“Grounded Tech Integration: Languages,” L&L,
December/January 2009, pp. 26–28
“Grounded Tech Integration: Math,” L&L,
November, 2009, pp. 24–26
Learning Activity Types Wiki: http://activity
“Tech Integration in Social Studies,” L&L,
September/October, 2009, pp. 26–28
Invitation for Collaboration
Given continual changes in curricula
and resources, the range of science
learning activity types as well as the
technologies that can support each
will change over time. We invite you
to help us expand, refine, and revise
—Margaret Blanchard is an assistant professor
of science education at North Carolina State
University. Her research focuses on teacher
change and student learning following inquiry-based professional development.
—Judi Harris is the Pavey Family Chair in educational technology at the College of William &
Mary. Her teaching and research focus on K– 12
curriculum-based technology integration, tele-mentoring, and teacher professional development.
—Mark Hofer is an associate professor of educational technology at the College of William
& Mary. He works with classroom teachers to
incorporate technology to support curriculum-based learning and teaching.
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