Elizabeth has written a blog post to introduce her work and the themes she will be focusing on during the conference:
I’ve always been intrigued by the various frameworks that exist to assess levels of technology integration. When I first started getting into educational technology, most people were using either the LoTi framework or the tried-and-true Bloom’s Taxonomy. Later, ISTE, the SAMR model, and University of South Florida’s Technology Integration Matrix came along, each with its own appeal and limitations.
One thing I realized, when I would attempt to use these tools for my own lesson planning or when helping others, is that I found them to be great assessment tools. It’s helpful for me to go back after a lesson is taught and look at it through the lens, for example, of the SAMR model, and assess whether we Substituted, Augmented, Modified, or Redefined a learning experience by adding technology. During planning, however, I’ve found these frameworks to be not as helpful. Redefining a learning experience sounds great… but what does the activity actually look like?
The strategies from McREL’s Classroom Instruction that Works (CITW) provide just such a roadmap for planning. They help teachers to scaffold learning experiences for students by first identifying the learning outcomes and how feedback will be given. The strategies then take students through the process of acquiring new knowledge, connecting it to something they already know, then using those newly learned concepts and skills through engaging application activities. When technology is applied through this lens, we are better able to picture and plan what students can do with the tools available. For example, students might use an animation as an advance organizer when they are first learning about a concept and acquiring basic vocabulary. Later in the unit, students might generate and test hypotheses using science probes or capture their design iterations on video, providing their own feedback and evidence for how their thinking is progressing.
If you’d like to hear more about the CITW strategies and how they can be a powerful planning framework when using technology, I invite you to join us on Saturday, March 7th at the JASCD Spring Conference. Bring your laptop and/or tablet and get ready to share your favorite educational tools with others through a new lens!