Proper use of technology in education can be a catalyst for student success. Today there is a greater need to move beyond traditional educational approaches to prepare students to be successful in our rapidly changing world.
Technology, research, collaboration, and information-sharing are required to develop effective pedagogical and learning strategies. The OIE actively studies innovative practices employed in innovative schools and programs,
and can help customize these plans for your school. The OIE extends technology assistance to help schools select and evaluate relevant tools, and can partner with schools to build customized applications that schools can be installed
and used free of cost.
While there are a plethora of research articles and tools educators can use, not many educators have the time to assess the quality, coherence and applicability of the information provided. The OIE can help you in both understanding a
study and how it applies to your school, or OIE can connect you to research that may fit your needs. The OIE is actively involved in research and regularly publishes papers and journals on findings.
An Introduction to Technology Integration
Technology integration is achieved when:
It is a seamless part of the learning process.
The use is safe, routine and transparent.
Technology is accessible and readily available for the task at hand.
Technology tools support curricular goals and state standards.
It helps students reach their learning goals.
10 Major Technology Trends in Education
1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices
89 percent of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones.
50 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices.
50 percent of high school students have access to tablets.
2. Internet Connectivity
64 percent of students use 3G- or 4G-enabled devices.
23 percent of students use Internet-enabled TV or Wii console.
3. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework
46 percent of teachers are using video in in the classroom.
23 percent of students are accessing video created by their teachers.
4. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork
60 percent of students are using mobile devices for anytime research
Blended learning works well when teachers and students have basic technical skills, such as the ability to:
Use a keyboard, mouse, and/or touch pad for navigation.
Access different programs and have multiple windows, programs, screens, or tabs open simultaneously.
Create, save, manage, retrieve, and edit files and folders (e.g., type an essay, complete a worksheet) to
locations with sufficient storage capacity (e.g., USB drive, hard drive, the cloud).
Conduct basic online searches and navigate websites confidently.
Software packages (e.g., word processing, presentation, graphic organization, assistive software
Peripherals for audio and video
Open source software (e.g., Audacity, Jing) and Web 2.0 tools (e.g., Prezi, Wordle)
Whar are the odds?
Teachers can use one computing device per student or a device may be shared between 2-3 students for group tasks. However, the
optimal ratio of devices to students depends on the assigned task and the skills involved in completing the task.
Our mission is to enhance Arkansas's capacity for research, implementation, and evaluation of educational innovations,
promising practices, and programs with a high likelihood of improving outcomes for students.