Nowadays being familiar with the use of technology is essential for everyone including children. The truth is we are living in the 21st century and the use of technology is part of the daily life of individuals. After exploring the Technology Integration Matrix website and watching the videos I was surprise to see the variety of technology tools that teachers use across the curriculum. I graduated from High School in 2008 and I do not recall using half of these technology tools and techniques in my classes, 5 years ago. I believe if I did I would have benefited greatly because now I am a little hesitant when it comes to using technology. For example, two years ago when I began my journey as an education student it was the first time  I saw and had to use an interactive white board during my practicum placement.  While teaching my first lesson I was using the interactive white board and a couple of the students had to assist me because I did not know how to use some of its tools. It was an interesting experience to see how the roles had flipped and my students became my instructors for a few seconds.
The Technology Integration Matrix website and the chart are very helpful. It is interesting to see how we as instructors should integrate technology in our classrooms depending on which learning environment we decide to use. During my Spanish classes I believe I am going to use all of these technology tools to help facilitate learning and see which ones work best with my students. Furthermore, most of the videos I reviewed were under Middle School and High School, since I’m pursuing secondary education. Also, even though my endorsement is in Spanish I viewed the language arts videos since I could not find any foreign language videos. However, in my opinion teaching a foreign language and teaching language arts is very similar since you are teaching vocabulary, sounds, how to form sentences, reading, grammar rules and so on.
An example from the matrix education website that I found especially compelling is the Language Arts: Public Service Announcements under Middle School 6-8, adaption-authentic matrix where students had to create a one and a half to two minutes public service announcement using a variety of technology tools such as: PowerPoint, video cameras, iMovie program, and adding music to their videos using the library file from their computers. This is a fun and constructive way for students to learn the curriculum based content such as writing, reading and also developing their technology skills. This would be a hands on activity for my future Spanish students where they will be able to exercise their writing and speaking skills.
All of the videos that I watched in the technology integration matrix in my opinion were helpful and innovative however, the Language Arts: Online Literature study under Middle School 6-8, Adoption-Authentic matrix where the teacher uses the website Moodle was one that made me raise my eyebrow skeptically because the students had to answer blog questions, do reading assignments and access the Moodle website at school and at home in order to complete these assignments. The Moodle website reminded me of the Canvas website we use for our course, however what makes me question this example is the fact that what if some of the students in this classroom do not have a computer or internet access at home? then they will not be able to complete the assignments and this will  put the students in a disadvantage. Although, I agree with the teacher in this video who states, ‘there is not enough time during a class period to get everything done” and that she would like to expand the classroom “beyond these four walls”, I believe we as teachers need to think about all of the students in our classrooms and be realistic.
An example of technology use in teaching that I have seen first hand, during my practicum placements is the use of the interactive white board.
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After reading the information from the matrix education website I believe the interactive white board falls under collaborative- adaptation because as the integrating technology matrix chart explains students during this integration process independently use technology tools in conventional ways for collaboration and also, students are developing a conceptual understanding of the use of technology tools for working with others. In addition, during this matrix the teacher provides opportunities for students to use technology to work with others and encourages students to begin exploring the use of these tools (“The technology integration matrix,” 2011-2013). Usually when a teacher is using an interactive white board during a lesson all of the students in the classroom are working together and participating while taking turns going up to the interactive white board and writing down answers or completing an activity. While each student is taking his/her turn going up to the interactive white board the rest of the class is checking their answers or writing down notes. All of the students are collaborating with one another and learning how to use an interactive white board and its many functions.
I look forward to using and learning more about these technology practices and how to integrate them into my lessons during the semester.
Reference:
The technology integration matrix. (2011-2013). Florida:      http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/credits.php