D³: Empowering Technology Integration in Education

By Larry Taylor and Mary Taylor.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Building on the introduction of D³ from “Tech Pushers: Making Administrators into Tech Integration Facilitators,” the authors provide a detailed look at their strategy for empowering technology integration into education through a bottom-up approach that facilitates educator buy-in and pedagogical relevance. The presentation and article begin with a detailed discussion of the theoretical framework powering D³ conceptually and then follow up with a detailed explanation of the methodological application of the strategy for use at various educational context levels. At its heart D³ posits that placing teachers at the center of tech integration is critical for successful long-term change. Additionally, D³ makes the case that administrators and teachers do not necessarily need to be tech savvy users to engage and empower integration.

Keywords: Technology Integration into Education, Education Reform, Teacher Reform, Education and Technology, Teachers and Technology, Teaching and Technology

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.107-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.502MB).

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.

Mary Taylor

Academically and Intellectually Gifted Specialist, Education Specialist (Westwood Elementary School), Ashe County Schools, West Jefferson, North Carolina, USA

Mary Taylor currently works for Ashe County Schools as an AIG specialist at Westwood Elementary School. She is also currently a doctoral student in Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mary’s wealth of experience in teaching as well as her research efforts which currently focus on technology integration strategies and curriculum development provide constant valuable contributions to the theoretical and conceptual development of D³. Mary and her spouse Larry current reside in West Jefferson with their spoiled poodle, Milo.