About Technologies

Sylvia Duckworth image - permission granted to use (2016)
Sylvia Duckworth image
To streamline the navigation (see left navigation bar) many technologies have been grouped by category. For example: Blogs, Coding, ePortfolios, Graphics, Videos, Websites, Wikis etc. However, there are many resources that include information about a range of technologies so it is difficult to assign these resources to one specific category. To avoid listing these resources on multiple pages, I have included them at the bottom of this page under Useful resources.

Models for learning with technology


"SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students" (Schrock, 2017, para. 1).

This framework "attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge (http://tpack.org/).

TPACK consists of 7 components that are explained on the TPACK  page on this website.

Blooms Digital Taxonomy

"This is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy which attempts to account for the new behaviours and actions emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy describes many traditional classroom practices, behaviours and actions, but does not account for the new processes and actions associated with Web 2.0 technologies, infowhelm (the exponential growth in information), increasing ubiquitous personal technologies or cloud computing" (Churches, Educational origami website, para. 2).

Teaching ideas & examples

  • TeachingGenerationNow (2012) - A free fortnightly newsletter for K-12 teachers. Three K-12 teachers  (Kath, Matt & Simon) review a different tool every fortnight, provide step-by-step instructions and share their ideas for classroom use
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Technology trends

According to the latest New Horizon Report 2016 the key trends for K-12 education for accelerating technology adoption are:
  • Coding as literacy (p. 16) - short term
  • Students as creators (p. 18) - short term
  • Collaborative learning (p. 12) - mid-term
  • Deeper learning approaches (p. 14) - mid-term
  • Redesigning learning spaces (p. 8) - long term
  • Rethinking how schools work (p. 10) - long term
Significant challenges impeding technology adoption in K-12 education are:

Solvable challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
Difficult challenges: Those that we understand but which solutions are elusive
  • Advancing digital equity (p. 26)
  • Scaling teaching innovations (p. 28)
Wicked challenges: Those that are even complex to define, much less address
Important developments in educational technology for k-12 education and time-to-adoption horizon are:
Other NMC reports