Technology Integration

From Implementation to Dynamic Scaffolding

Authored by: Minchi C. Kim , Kadir Kozan , Woori Kim , Adrie A. Koehler

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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The purpose of this chapter is to discuss key factors that influence technology integration for distance and blended learning environments and to examine fundamental issues for research and practice on technology integration. Successful technology integration requires instructors to be mindful about selecting and customizing technologies to maximize student learning; to be collaborative in incorporating multiple perspectives, interdisciplinary approaches, and community inputs; and to promote sustainable practices that can be continuously revised and enacted. We refer to this process as dynamic scaffolding for technology integration. We have broadened the context for technology integration to informal learning environments to address growing interest in and needs for after-school programs and enrichment activities with emergent technologies (social networking sites and games).

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