ERIC Number: EJ877919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
A Systems-Based Approach to Technology Integration Using Mentoring and Communities of Practice
Kopcha, Theodore J.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v58 n2 p175-190 Apr 2010
The purpose of this article is to present a systems-based mentoring model of technology integration that follows a research-based path. The model moves teachers through four specific stages of technology adoption toward using technology to support learning in more student-centered ways. The model describes how a mentor can negotiate the interplay of multiple barriers (time, beliefs, access, professional development, culture) on teachers who are learning to integrate technology and suggests a number of strategies for integrating technology, such as establishing a culture of technology integration, modeling technology use, and creating teacher leaders. Unlike previous mentoring approaches to integrating technology into the classroom, this model culminates with the establishment of a teacher-led community of practice that uses the resources currently available at a school to support and sustain the implementation of the system. Suggestions for implementing the model in a variety of K-12 and higher education settings are discussed.
Descriptors: Mentors, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Teacher Leadership, Teaching Methods, Systems Approach, Communities of Practice, Models, Adoption (Ideas), Barriers, Guidelines, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Teacher Role
Springer. 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013. Tel: 800-777-4643; Tel: 212-460-1500; Fax: 212-348-4505; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.springerlink.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A