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
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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