Tech Pushers: Making Administrators into Tech Integration Facilitators

By Larry Taylor.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Current research suggests that students are more technology savvy than previously understood and may even be “dumbing down” for school. This coupled with strong evidence that technology integration into everyday life is growing in both volume and level of sophistication suggests that teaching students to engage technology by making it a common component of their learning environment is not just appropriate, but critical. Nevertheless, current top-down models for technology integration do not seem to be facilitating integration. Current research on motivation strongly suggests that adoption motivation is linked to perceived outcome value. This paper explores these issues en route to a discussion of how education might make use of a current popular business model for integration. This model can be utilized to empower and place greater responsibility on local administrators to facilitate integration of technology into education.

Keywords: Technology Integration, School Administrators

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.33-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.520MB).

Dr. Larry Taylor

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Working at ASU as an Assistant Professor of Journalism, my primary focus is in print media graphics and Web media technology. My primary research is concerned with technology integration in newspapers, particularly community newspapers. My secondary research carries this concern into education where I am particularly interested in how technology can be integrated directly into the student learning environment. By facilitating a Student Newspaper Project in a neighboring rural county’s elementary and middle schools, I have been able to facilitate and investigate the student/teacher/technology dynamic. The current fruit of this labor is this paper.