The stages of technology integration in schools

Terry Heick at has written an article exploring four stages at which teachers and more so students integrate technology in the the classroom.

I like the manner in which he suggests that we should not all instantly aspire to become self directed learners absorbed by mobile technology and actually acknowledges the merit in using different stages to best meet your teaching and learning needs. 

This method of understanding needs to be also applied to the SAMR model of technology integration as we do not have to redefine every aspect of learning now that we have a computer in front of us.

The article would be useful to use with staff to both evaluate where they might currently be placed within these stages but also highlight other approaches to using technology to improve student outcomes.  The full article can be viewed here.

2012 Horizon report: Educational Technologies over the next five years.

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2012 are:

Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Mobile Apps
  • Tablet Computing


Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Game-based Learning
  • Learning Analytics


Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Internet of Things

Download the full 2012 Hroizon report here.