Task 5: The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)

Excellent resource ... full of information. It will take me a while to explore. Love the videos I have seen so far with activities :-)

I would say that after some years of trying to set up the conditions to put many ideas into practice and get to an authentic-transformation, I sort of achieved it only because I created a specific course for it at the university I worked for; it was an elective EFL writing course with very few students and a lot of motivation. The research led to a promotion thesis to Full Professor. In the regular EST reading courses I taught where I had 30 freshman students -many with limited access to Internet- and a required set of goals, materials, tests, etc., I hardly got to a collaborative-adaptation level, if I was lucky. We cannot take "access to resources" for granted; it should not block us completely but it is a reality we have to deal with.

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below."

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