## Week 1 Reflection Blog Post: The Technology Integration Matrix

It seems like everywhere you turn there is a new technology system that is available to make our lives easier, including in the classrooms. While I haven’t been able to completely familiarize myself with it, the technology integration matrix provides excellent resources for teachers to utilize in the classroom. Upon browsing the different features of this website I noticed that the majority of the math examples were geared towards the elementary school age. I think all the activities were grade appropriate and beneficial to the students, but I also think they could be adapted for higher level learning. I am studying to be certified in secondary mathematics and would definitely consider using some of the techniques shown in the matrix.

One such technique that I really enjoyed was a goal directed learning activity on the transformation level, meaning the teacher used a high level of tools to monitor and plan the activity. In this activity the teacher split a unit into sub-topics, each of which a student signed up for to “teach” to the class. They were given time to record themselves explaining a concept, and solving a problem that they generated. The recordings were then compiled together as a presentation and given to all of the students. I really liked this idea because it covers so many methods of learning and allows the students to have a lot of hands on practice with the material. All students learn differently, and with the use of technology the teacher was able to put together a presentation that included, auditory, visual, and tactile components.

On the other hand, one technique that I did not really enjoy was another goal directed learning activity, this time the technology integration was adaptation. This method allows for students to have some choice in the type of technology, then using it to plan, monitor, and explore a topic. In this activity the teacher allowed the students to self-assess, then plan what they need to work on and in what frame of time. I think this is a great idea in theory, but it just seems like a lot of freedom for the students and may be taken advantage of. The teacher does mention having conferences with the students to help them find more resources, but to individually meet with each student in the class can be very time consuming and hard to do. I think this is a strategy that I could use if slightly altered, perhaps to include a class goal instead of individual, or even conduct in groups.

In practicum placements, the technology I have seen has not been very extensive, but when used I find that students are much more engaged and eager to learn. One example that I have seen is and active adaptation with the use of the CBR to record and match graphs on a graphing calculator. In this activity students are shown a graph and are asked to model it by using the CBR and graphing calculator. This relates information students are learning to real world applications, and models how graphs can be manipulated. Many students got creative with their experiments and used all sorts of movements to see how it would affect the graph. Another way this technology can be used is to graph the distance traveled of a bouncing ball, another activity the students really seemed to enjoy.

Overall there are countless ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, and the technology integration matrix is a guide that helps to show when to use what integration method. I hope to become more informed on strategies to use to benefit learning in the classroom.

References:

http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/matrix.php