Meaningful Learning with Technology

PART ONE. Sharing Your Google Site with Your Peers

Let’s spend sometime exploring your peers’ Google site. Try to ask at least ONE question after looking at your friend’s website.

PART TWO. Meaningful Learning with Technology

According to the chapter by Jonassen and others, there are 5 characteristics of meaningful learning. What are they?

Technology can be used to facilitate this meaningful learning. To do so, technologies should be used as engagers and facilitators of thinking (p.7) —learning WITH technology. How can instructors prepare for it?


Sometimes it’s easy to use technology – but is it easy to use technology that teaches content? It’s also easy to get caught up in the bells and whistles of technology tools and forget about the content. And how do you create a lesson that teaches content while also engaging your learners? Creating this “perfect storm” requires something called TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (say it 3 times fast!). You can read more background here (click on the “full text” icon).

YouTube Video about TPACK: 


It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use.

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

In addition to the NETS, we will also be referencing The Framework for 21st Century Learning.

  1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
  2. Learning and Innovation Skills
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration
  3. Information, Media and Technology Skills
  4. Life and Career Skills

PART THREE. Learning with Technology in Classrooms 

What does technology integration actually look like in a K12 classroom? There are 5 characteristics of a meaningful learning environment and there are 5 levels of technology integration in the classroom:  Technology Integration Matrix. Let’s watch a short video clip of how one school in South Carolina incorporate technology into their classrooms. Where would you place this lesson on the matrix?

For Wednesday:
  • We don’t have a class on Monday! Enjoy the holiday.
  • We will be designing a learning environment on Wednesday. Think of how your dream classroom would look like. You might want to take a look at some Pinterest photos from Gretchen’s board. You can also ask your friends about their favorite classrooms to get more ideas.

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