Here's what goes into values-driven tech integration

The central tenant of values-driven technology integration is that every school should have a unique approach just as every school has different values.

That being said I also believe there are a few central elements that every school should consider. Think of it like making a pizza: there are an endless array of styles, sauces, and flavors but every pizza has a crust and toppings.

So here are what I think are the 'crust and toppings' of the technology integration pizza.

  • Philosophy & Curriculum - Everything starts here, what do you believe about teaching and learning? How do you live that out in your classes and pedagogy? Philosophy & curriculum is probably owned by the head of school or the academic dean.
  • Devices & Infrastructure - If you are going to have a technology strategy you need to make choices about devices and infrastructure. Do you provide laptops to teachers? Where and when should there be wifi? What devices do students have access to? If you are a low-tech school you should make conscious decisions about not providing these things. Hardware and infrastructure is probably managed by your director of technology.
  • Training & Support - If the devices you choose are consistent with your philosophy then the next questions is, 'how do we make sure they are being used?' Upfront training and ongoing support are the natural answers. Frequently training and support is the purview of the technology integration specialist.

Where the circles in the venn diagram cross you'll find answers to the questions, "Why, What, and How?"

  • Thought Leadership - The ongoing dialog about why technology integration matters and what it looks like at your school spans training, support, philosophy and pedagogy. Articulating a shared vision for the school and helping the school move forward is often the role of the technology integration specialist or in some cases the head of school. Thought leadership answers the question, "WHY does this matter to us."
  • 21st Century Skills - Despite being a jargon-y term these are the skills that are at once relevant to students and well suited to implementation through technology. Think collaboration, creativity, and communication. These skills span curriculum and devices because the skills need to fit into the classes you teach and be supported by the devices students and teachers have access to. 21st Century Skills answers the question, "WHAT should I be teaching with technology."
  • Basic Technical Competency - If there is a baseline for every teacher, student, and administrator it should be basic technical competency. You'll need training and support on the devices and platforms used at the school to make this happen. Basic technical competency answers the question, "HOW do I use this computer?"

What do you think? Did I miss something? What do you think are the elements of successful technology integration? Let us know in the comments!