Boni Hamilton is the author of a book also entitled IT's Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades, which I coincidentally purchased last fall. Inspired by the workshop, I began reading the book this past weekend.
Lenski Elementary's integration model includes collaboration among the classroom teacher, computer lab teacher, and librarian, who share responsibility for student success. The library and computer lab are "true extensions of the classroom."
Boni and Trecie shared their basic beliefs that make up the foundation of their successful technology integration program:
- Integration is the classroom teacher's responsibility. The classroom teacher drives the instruction, while the computer lab teacher and librarian teach the skills to accomplish the classroom teacher's goals for his students. The classroom teacher knows his curriculum and the individual learning needs of his students. Without this input, they feel the technology instruction is meaningless.
- Integration is integral to good instruction.
- Collaboration improves both instruction and integration.
One quote from the book states beautifully what I've been trying to convey to Keystone teachers: "The integration of technology with classroom content instruction is a journey, not a race." Take baby steps.