Technology Integration: Where do I start?

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When working with teachers in professional-development sessions, I try not to sugar-coat the reality of technology integration. It takes time and hard work to design and implement high-quality, technology-infused lesson plans. Just think about the steps involved in this process: identify a curriculum requirement, find and evaluate digital resources, plan a lesson, and coordinate the required technology. Technology integration is not a simple undertaking.

Facing this reality hurdle, teachers struggle to revamp their curricula and take advantage of the wealth of digital resources that are now commonly available. At the same time, teachers no longer question the need to integrate technology. The challenge is not interest or motivation, but rather finding the time to plan and implement technology resources.

Though this task may seem overwhelming, teachers don’t need to revamp the entire curriculum. They may just need a place to start, a straightforward and clear process to follow.

So how can a teacher get started?

In professional-development sessions, we help teachers find just one or two resources that meet an upcoming curriculum goal. I often ask, “In your next unit of study, is there a concept that students struggle to understand?” From this straightforward, student-centered question, our professional-development participants follow a process to identify a SAS Curriculum Pathways resource that supports that particular concept and then develop a technology integration plan to implement that one resource in the classroom.

Our online professional-development courses use this same approach. In these no-cost courses, teachers begin by learning about the SAS Curriculum Pathways resources available in their individual disciplines, practice using the resources themselves, and then move on to developing individual integration plans. Each of the available courses provides renewal credit opportunities and is taught asynchronously—participants can proceed at their own pace, when they have the time.

To enroll in a SAS Curriculum Pathways professional-development course today, simply visit our PD Offerings site and choose the Online Learning option that interests you. Three courses are currently available: Beginning to Teach, Building Unit Plans, and Targeting Instructional Outcomes. And remember, just like SAS Curriculum Pathways, our professional-development courses are provided at no cost!

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Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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