Research has indicated that the use of technology in the classroom is in danger of becoming a medium more employed for fun than for learning. Evidence based teaching strategies with technology is imperative if technology integration in the classroom is to make an impact on student learning.
Teachers must apply instructional strategies appropriately in order to truly see and understand the benefits of technology in education.
The development of student ICT capability will only occur when technology is transparent in subject learning and these instructional strategies are employed.
These ICT teaching strategies are evidence based as they come from the most ICT capable classrooms around today.
As a result, you know then that if employed appropriately, student attainment levels in ICT capability should increase for your school.
High Impact Evidence based teaching strategies with technology
Plan for Learning Progression in ICT capability
This involves you planning ICT activities in meaningful activities, embedded in purposeful subject-related contexts that will develop their ICT capabilities.
Develop each component of ICT capability
For routines it means providing focused practice tasks. Techniques would require you to have a checklist. Associate the name of the technique with the effect it achieves. With processes you will need to discuss with students what they are doing at the process level rather than discussing the next technique. Higher order skills are typically planned, monitored and evaluated by yourself as the teacher, but later this responsibility can be transferred and owned by the students themselves.
Focus on concepts behind the skills
Challenge naïve ideas about particular ICT tools and techniques both in whole class teaching, where appropriate, and when monitoring learning progress.
Provide effective scaffolding in the classroom
You could use methods such demonstrating using descriptive commentary, monitored instruction, monitored repetition, guided repetition and the quick fix which is when you would generally solve a problem without an explanation.
To be a school who is successful in the development of ICT capability, ensure that you are clear about the nature of learning progression in ICT capability.