The O.R.E.O. Method of Technology Integration
Objective Resources Engaged Outcome
O – What is the Learning Objective? We simply need to start here every time. Too often we start with the technology because we are trying to make use of a shiny/new software or app, and not because it’s the best tool for the job. Exposing teachers to new and different apps gives them a choice of good tools to reach for when they need one. However, teachers need to take a close look at their Learning Objective before reaching for one of these tools.
R – What Resources are students expected to use? Do they know how to access them, and how to use them? Resources include any apps, research skills, primary sources etc… Can they move something from one app to another. What if they need to take a screen shot or record audio and/or video? Is there room for that? Are there any other resources that can help enhance the lesson? Using 10-15 minutes of class time so students can learn how to use the resource(s) can save hours of time later, and it will save both teachers and students a great deal of frustration. When students have access to a variety of technological resources and understand how to use them, we have empowered them to take control of their own learning.
E – Are the students Engaged? Just because students appear to be on task doesn’t mean they are. Students are off-task more often than not due to a weakness in the lesson, rather than the use of technology. Students simply need a specific task, and a specific amount of time to complete it in. Use an occasional check-in like ‘5 fingers up’, where students show how many more minutes they need. To make it easier to answer questions and keep a closer eye on students who more likely to get off-task, use proximity and mobility throughout the process. Lastly, use formative assessment tools like Kahoot, or Socrative to check student progress and ensure all students are accountable for their time. Whether your lesson takes one class period or is a week long process, you need clearly defined benchmarks that help check for student understanding throughout the process.
O – What is the Learning Outcome? When you establish what is necessary for students to demonstrate their understanding of the material, make sure this is clear to your students, and if at all possible, leave the use of technology out of this rubric. This will do two things. First it will ensure your rubric focuses on the learning outcome and isn’t skewed by the use of technology. Second, it allows students to use a variety of tools which will encourage differentiation and creativity. If you don’t limit how students demonstrate their understanding of the material, students and teachers have an opportunity to learn about more resources while allowing students to express themselves.
For successful integration of technology in your classroom, simply answer the following:
- Does the technology enhance the learning objective?
- Do students understand how to use the appropriate resources in the learning process?
- How can you use technology to ensure students are engaged in the lesson and not off-task?
- How does a students’ outcome demonstrate their understanding of the learning objective? Did the use of technology aid them in reaching higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy?