Here are some scenarios of technology integration. After
each scenario is a table indicating where in the hierarchy
the integration falls: engagement, enhancement, and/or
Scenario #1. The teacher asks sixth grade students to develop their own websites using Weebly.com. The content must
be based on a controversial issue in social studies. It must
include evidence for one side of an issue, using at least
four arguments for either the pro or con side of the issue.
For example, students could argue for or against universal
health care or drafting women into the military.
The table indicates what type of integration project this
Conclusion from Scenario #1: Students are somewhat
engaged, and the learning is possibly enhanced for some
students who have everyday experience building webpages.
The technology allows students to focus on the assignment/activity
with less distraction.
The technology motivates students to start the learning process.
The technology causes a shift, where students
move from passive to active learners.
The technology allows students to understand
in a way that is easier than a traditional tool.
Students are able to develop a more sophisticated understanding
of the content because of the technology tool.
The technology allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the content in a way that they could not using traditional tools.
The technology allows students to learn outside their typical school day.
The technology allows students to merge their school learning
with their everyday life experiences.
The technology allows students to become lifelong learners, as
they do not need the teacher or school to continue to use the tools.
Engagement. The teacher is trying to find
a way to motivate or interest disengaged students.