Levels of Technology Integration

H.E.A.T: A Framework for Developing Meaningful Technology Integration
Using "H.E.A.T" (Higher-order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic connections, Technology use) as a framework for technology integration and a student-centered approach, teachers should design instruction to challenge students to use technology to enhance their learning. 

This article explains the framework to assess lesson design and communicates goals to attain high levels of thinking, engagement, and authenticity in conjunction with how technology is utilized to achieve these ends. 

Characteristics and Examples of Technology Integration and Expansion
Research on one-to-one initiatives has shown positive gains for students in several areas of achievement and engagement when technology is effectively integrated. It is the goal of the Pennridge School District to identify and utilize technologies and teaching strategies that focus teaching and learning on Integration and Expansion levels of technology integration.

Characteristics of Integration
  • Students are fully engaged in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  • Teachers are within their comfort levels promoting inquiry-based models of teaching that involve students applying their learning to the real world. 
  • Emphasis is on learner centered strategies that promote personal goal setting and self-monitoring, student action, and issues resolution that require higher levels of student cognitive processing and in-depth examination of the content.
  • Students use digital tools and resources to investigate student-generated questions that dictate the content, process, and products embedded in the learning experience.
Current examples of Integration
  • Polling students using Poll Everywhere
  • Grade 3 Social Studies Interactive Website
  • Mr. Brockman's "What is History" Multi-media site
  • Pennridge Kids Voting Interactive Website. The site was built to help students explore the importance of voting, valuable resources for making a decision to vote, descriptions of different elected posts, and guidance on following a decision-making process. 
  • Pennridge Research Process. All research in the Pennridge School District involves critical thinking and the integration of technology. Students consistently utilize technology at several stages of the process. Examples of technology utilized by students includes but is not limited to: databases, Destiny (web-based catalog), Internet exploration, electronic media, etc.
  • Science and Social Studies Program assessments. Students are engaged in several assessments that engage technology resources (databases, digital media, municipal and government websites, reliable websites for science and social studies research)
  • High School Physics Interactive Website
  • AP Physics and Properties of Matter Interactive Website
  • PSD Top Ten Sites for Social Studies Articulation
  • Discovery Streaming--an online collection of digital media provided by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. The license allows for each student to have an account that will search and view videos. Teachers are currently using Discovery Streaming when it is possible.
  • Grade 2 - Reading and Language Arts is an interactive curriculum website that connects to a combination of materials that are teacher-created and are available through the Reading Street electronic resources. All resources available on the site are available through the current license with Pearson.
  • Scholastic's READ 180 Reading Intervention Software Program is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade-level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers.
  • Reading Street Assessments--unit and benchmark assessments of Reading Street can be taken online by students to provide instant feedback to both the teacher and student. The system also organizes data for more timely analysis and the implementation of instructional strategies.
  • TI-Navigator System allows for high levels of engagement that tracks progress and gives instant feedback to students and teachers. The hardware is available and teachers have already been trained to use the system.
  • Study Island: PennsylvaniaThis product is web-based and used as a supplement for students to practice strategies. Study Island provides immediate feedback on student achievement and allows for analysis of student progress.

Characteristics of Expansion
  • Students collaborate beyond the classroom to solve problems and resolve issues.
  • Emphasis is on learner-centered strategies that promote personal goal setting and achievement.
Current examples of Expansion
  • Forums, Chats, Journals, and Surveys using Moodle (Course Management System)
  • Discussion Boards through Edmodo
  • Discussion Boards through Google Groups related to Gifted Enrichment Clusters (in development)
  • Interactive Websites for Enrichment Clusters and Extensions--Middle School Gifted Enrichment Clusters.
  • Challenge-based and Inquiry learning PASCO PASport Motion SensorPASCO PASport Force SensorPASCO PASport Temperature Sensor--these probes collect data during science experiments and companion software organizes the data. The middle school science program currently has the probe ware which is described specifically by following the links above.
  • Physics inquiry and lab experiments through integration with technology using Lab Pro and Lab Quest with probe ware by Vernier and PASCO