Dede Koryto: Utilizing Technology in the Classroom to Enhance Student Engagement

Utilizing Technology in the Classroom to Enhance Student Engagement  

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Should Technology Be Added To Your Classroom?

Technology is seemingly 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. These newer standards amplify the need for students to synthesize and analyze the information that they collect, most often utilizing a computer.

**This mini-course is designed for educators that would like to incorporate more technology use in their classroom to enhance student engagement**

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Problem Statement:

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?

In this mini course we will explore how technology can be beneficial to student learning and how to incorporate it into your classroom successfully.

Performance Objectives

Unit 1:

Analyze current research regarding the implementation of technology in the classroom to increase student engagement

Unit 2:

Discuss strategies to increase student engagement through the addition of technology in the classroom

Unit 3:

Create a meaningful lesson around the implementation of technology into the classroom

Evaluate the implementation of technology in their created lesson

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Basic Understanding of Utilizing Technology in the Classroom

There are two types of technological people: Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. Which one are you? To make sure that we understand the basics about technology use in the classroom read the articles provided and watch the video. These articles and video are to assist you in understanding how technology could add to your lessons then we will explore which technology would be most effective in your classroom.

Unit 2: Strategies for Incorporating Technology There are so many possibilities for integrating technology into the classroom today. Viewing a few of the options will give the learner a better understanding of how to enhance the learning environment for their students.

Unit 3: Creating a Technology Based Lesson Utilizing the information acquired in the previous units, write a lesson plan including at least two pieces of technology.

Extended 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