Technology Integration

Students Using Computers

Technology Integration is part of our social fabric from Smart Phones, I pads, thousands of Apps, Computer websites, Blogs, Social Media and videoconferencing through Skype or Facetime. People are exposed all of the time through cyberspace and need to become more cautious and diligent in the information they are sharing with others. Though the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, everyone should learn about the good, bad and ugly as they trek through the tangled web of knowledge and communications.

Web 2.0:

This is a contemporary term that describes the integration of various websites (mostly free) into the teaching and effective learning of others. This is introduced primarily to teachers who are seeking to incorporate voice, video and technology into the classroom so that students could be their own creator of knowledge. Numerous websites are researched and presented to teachers that incorporate collaboration, crowd sourcing, social media, and authentic subject-area blogs, you tube videos, and content-rich subject areas. View our list of Web 2.0 Resources.

Social Media:

Social Media has stormed the Internet with new ways to communicate and learn from others. Some of the more notable sites include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, You Tube, and Vine. Businesses and organizations are using these sites and others as marketing tools to further their brand recognition, establish donors to their non-profit organizations, and to build on networking opportunities.

Internet Safety:

There are many ways for people to obtain viruses, become victims of identity theft or be subjected to harassment, pornography or worse- child abduction. Individuals can learn how to limit name exposure and which websites to stay away from. Malware should also be cleaned up regularly in addition to a reliable virus checker to prevent unwanted computer threats.

Distance Learning

Distance Education is about change and the roles of instructors and administrators are different compared to traditional classroom instruction. Some instructors are very reluctant to give up their physical presence with students and having to prepare materials without being initially involved in interaction with students. There are also significant changes within schools and training organizations. Learn more about Distance Learning.

Network Security

Public and private educational institutions, from Kindergarten through High School, face the continuing challenges of incorporating technology into teaching and learning, yet are confronted with the issue to protect the integrity of their networks. Schools and regional technology centers that provide access to a number of school districts maintain a daily battle in preventing viruses, hackers, worms, and spyware intrusions from compromising the functionality of legitimate current and emerging technologies. Learn more about Network Security.

Identity Theft Prevention

When it comes to identity theft, you can't entirely control whether you will become a victim. But there are certain steps you can take to minimize your risk. Learn more about Identity Theft Prevention.