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Brianna Strayhorn

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EDU-225
December 1, 2015

Blog entry 2: Integrating Instructional Technology


Introduction
This paper will discuss the importance of integrating technology into the instruction
within the classroom. According to Ozguc and Caykaytar, instructional technology means
developing instructional materials consistent with teaching methods and also implementing and
evaluating [them] (Teacher Use of Instructional Technology , pg.52). This is completed and
used in the classroom through the use of technology. This is useful as it helps teachers complete
curriculums efficiently and provides material that is effective. There are many technologies that
assist in the integration of instructional technology.
E-Learning Platforms
An e-learning platform provides teachers with useful functions such as classroom roster,
gradebooks, e-textbooks, and resources to assist with curriculums (Thompson, 2015, pg19). This
technology provides to opportunity for teachers to able to organize and create an informative
learning experience to their students. It can be used in the classroom to keep track of attendance
and constructing lesson plans for all grade levels, but even more so for the elementary school
grade levels. E-learning platforms will assist is enhancing daily routines in the classroom, setting
specific standards and goals for the students to meet, and providing guidelines for the teachers to
keep an organized classroom.
Social Media: Connected Educators
Another great source of technology to be integrated into instruction is social media.
Social media provides the opportunity for teachers to gain access to other educators around the
world in order to discuss similar interests, curriculum, and mentoring each other. These

discussions can help enhance a teachers instruction as they model their teachings to their
students (Thompson, 2015). Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter act as open doors
for learning new skills that they would not have otherwise obtained without social media. This
technology can be used in the classroom at the third grade level by receiving ideas and feedback
from other third grade teachers and creating activities based off of these suggestions. This will
display to the students the teachers eagerness to learn and grow within the classroom.
Learning Analytics
Lastly, the technology tool of learning analytics is a great way to integrate instructional
technology. This tool uses technology to gather data from students in order to figure specifics
such as staffing, budgeting, and to assist with professional learning and visioning Thompson,
2015, pg19). This technology helps to create a more individualized learning experience for the
students based off of information gathered about them. This can be used in the classroom for the
third grade level as the information provided can help the teacher focused on what the students
need more help with and less help with. This allows for a comfortable and effective learning
experience.
Pros and Cons of using Technology to Facilitate Learning (100-200 words)
As previously mentioned, technology can play a positive roll in facilitating learning in the
classroom. It provides an effective and easy way for teachers to create material that is
personalized and current. It can also help clarify concepts, arouse and sustain students interest,
give students opportunities to share their experiences for new learning and to make learning
more permanent (Atta, Jamil, Ali, Avaz, Bashir, 2013). The controversy that may be passed
about instructional technology is that it is completely based on the teachers skill level and
knowledge of this particular teaching method. The teachers have to be familiar with the use of

instructional technology in order to see an improvement in the students (Ozguc & Cavkaytar,
2014). If this is not the case then the technology will have no effect on the students learning.
Teachers must become dedicated in mastering the art of teaching a classroom with technology
that is ever-changing.
Wired and Wireless Classrooms
One important aspect of technology in class is whether they are wired or wireless. A
wired classroom is a class that is connected to the internet through a wire that is usually set up to
one specific device. A wireless classroom is connected to the internet through a network that
allows for man different devices to connect to it without the use of any hardware
(Communications, Networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web, 2015). With a wired
connection students can be limited to what needs to be done with technology. It will only allow
for a certain amount of students to work at one time and doesnt allow for many other helpful
tools to use in the class such as tablets and cellphones. A classroom that is wireless can create an
atmosphere for students to bring their own personal devices to be used in class which can all be
used simultaneously during instruction. In the third grade level, being a wireless classroom will
be beneficial in allowing the students to work together on different devices for group projects,
research, and applications.
Conclusion
In conclusion, integrating instructional technology is important because it creates a
classroom environment that is all of productive, motivation, and creative for the students.
Teachers are now provided with unique technology tools that will allow for them to incorporate
this into their curriculum. Tools such as e-learning platforms, learning analytics, and social
media are just a few out of the many tools that can be used by teachers to enhance their

instructions. As technology continues to grow, the classroom will only benefit more from this
teaching method.

References
Atta, M. A., Jamil, A., Ali, U., Ayaz, M., & Bashir, S. (2013). COMPARATIVE
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Communications, Networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. (2015). In R. E. Glenda A.
Gunter, Teachers Discovering Computers Intergrating Technology in a Changing World
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Thompson, G. (2014). WHAT'S HOT WHAT'S NOT for 2015. (cover story). T H E Journal,
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