Dede Koryto


Return to: ETAP 623 FALL 2015 - BYRNE section 5874 | Incorporating Technology to Increase Student Engagement

About me

My boys and me!

I am an Air Force veteran, and a high school Earth Science teacher. I have been teaching at my district for two years, and am starting my third year. I really enjoy seeing the students reach the “Ah-Ha” moment during exploration in class. This is why I became a teacher. I work very hard to ensure that all of my students understand the material that I am working to portray. I am currently enrolled in the CDIT program at the University of Albany, and I cannot wait to see what these last few classes can teach me! I am a wife, mother, learner, explorer, and lover of all animals! I spend a majority of my time outside doing something, and I am not one to sit for very long.

My Topic/Purpose

The purpose of this course is to assist educators in incorporating technology into the classroom to increase student engagement.

Topics to be explored include:

  1. Why consider incorporating technology to the classroom?
  2. How to effectively add technology to your curriculum.
  3. When to add technology, and when to go without.
  4. What technology to add to enhance student engagement.

Needs Assessment

Problem Statement

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As you walk around in public today, children are all carrying phones, tablets, iPods, and other electrical devices that connect them to the world around them. Children today know how to manipulate a smart phone and all of the apps that they download on a daily basis with ease. Some students today gather information during class by utilizing their phones in the midst of a traditional classroom setting. Technology is a part of our daily lives, so there is no surprise that technology has entered the classrooms, therefore changing the procedures and infrastructure of the learning environment (Robertson, 2007; Voogt et al., 2011; Wen-Yu Lee & Tsai, 2012). There have been recent changes to the core curriculum standards in numerous disciplines of education in New York State, with science on the forefront. These newer standards amplify the need for students to synthesize and analyze the information that they collect, most often utilizing a computer. These recent changes have yet to come into effect for secondary science, but the increase integration of technology into the classroom has already pushed its way into the curriculum. The question now is, how do you incorporate technology into the classroom to ensure engagement and success?

Analysis of the Learner and Context

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This course is designed for K-12 educators that are looking to add the benefits of incorporating technology into their class to enhance student engagement. Implementing lessons with the involvement of technology can be utilized by any educator regardless of previous technological usage. Ensuring the addition of technology within is for an educational enhancement and not just to add technology is essential to the success of the students. This course is designed to be completed in a abbreviated time period to provide a foundation for the integration of technology into previously successful lessons.

Performance Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Analyze current research regarding the implementation of technology in the classroom to increase student engagement
  • Learn strategies to increase student engagement through technology addition in the classroom
  • Create a meaningful lesson around the implementation of technology into the classroom
  • Evaluate the implementation of technology in their created lesson

Task Analysis

Participants will be able to identify the best uses for technology within their classrooms. These mini units will allow the participants to view some of the current literature that supports the incorporation of technology in the learning environment along with how it will assist in the enhancement of the students' engagement of the material. The participants should have a basic knowledge of computer use and be able to utilize the Internet to search for current material to use in class. Participants should also be able to connect their choice of technology use with the current teaching standards that are available.

Curriculum Map


References and Resources

Robertson, M. (2007). School Governance, Digital Technologies and Pedagogical Reform: A Matter of Trust. International Journal of Learning, 13(12), 111-120. Retrieved July 1, 2015.

Voogt, J., Knezek, G., Cox, M., Knezek, D., & Ten Brummelhuis, A. (2011). Under which conditions does ICT have a positive effect on teaching and learning? A Call to Action. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 1-11. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00453.x

Wen-Yu Lee, S., & Tsai, C. (2012). Technology-supported Learning in Secondary and Undergraduate Biological Education: Observations from Literature Review. Journal of Science Education Technology, (22), 226-233. doi:10.1007/s10956-012-9388-6