Unit 3: Technological Possibilities for Medical Education


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Unit 3 Goal

The goal of Unit 3 is to provide an overview of various educational technologies and identify ways in which they can be incorporated into different instructional modalities.

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will explain the role technology can play in education.
  2. The participant will reflect on the "15 Questions to Ask Yourself About Technology Integration".
  3. The participant will identify and describe the four steps of the SAMR framework and discuss the importance of thoughtfully incorporating technology into teaching.

Entry Ticket

Before beginning Unit 3, please complete this brief survey about using technology in the classroom.

Technology as a Tool

The United States Department of Education says the following about the use of technology in teaching and learning.

eLearning Compass

"Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity. Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning. Technology also has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teaching. This model links teachers to their students and to professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning.

Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or program delivery; and better utilizing teacher time."

It is imperative that educators remember that technology is a tool that must be thoughtfully added to educational experience planning and not something to be used just for the sake of using it. Think about the following questions when deciding whether or not to include technology in your educational experiences.

Integrating Technology into Education

Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the 4-stage SAMR framework for integrating technology into the classroom.

Image Source: https://www.schoology.com/blog/samr-model-practical-guide-edtech-integration

The following video by Dr. Rebecca W. Kreider provides an overview of the SAMR framework and elaborates on what each step entails.

Exit Slip

Reflect on what you've learned about integrating technology into education and share your thoughts here.


Perkins, D. (2019) 15 Questions To Ask About Tech Integration In Your Classroom. Retrieved from 15 Questions To Ask About Tech Integration In Your Classroom.

United States Department of Education. Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Retreived from https://www.ed.gov/oii-news/use-technology-teaching-and-learning.