Reflection on Smart classroom-tech integration by Kolb (2019)
The article, Smart classroom-tech integration by Kolb (2019) captures various strategies that can be applied by teachers to use technology tools in ways that can successfully impact on academic and social-emotional growth. It aims at solving pressure that school heads put on teachers to integrate technology, yet the teachers and the same heads lack a strong conceptual framework on how technology should be integrated.
According to the author, success in using technology in learning lies not on the technology tools but on the instructional methods that the teachers employ with the tools.
When integrating technology into learning, the Triple E Framework elements of engagement, enhancement, and extension should be considered.
To engage the learners, the tools used should trigger social interaction among the learners. For enhancement, the technology tool should support high order thinking and skills among the learners. Finally, technology should be extended to the real world of the learner. It should bridge the learner’s natural world with the classroom lesson.
The article has enabled me to think of the methods that I have been using to instruct and I have realised that my lessons, though sometimes accompanied by technology, have still been missing a lot. Perhaps, that’s the reason why my learners keep failing despite the strides I make. I have been using technology in teaching without fully considering the three elements of the triple E framework, and this has impacted on lower productivity.
Having fully internalised the triple E framework and followed the timely workshop by Felix Mwawasi, I have resorted to applying the triple E framework once I resume my teaching duty. At personal levels, it will increase my interaction with technology and help realise other ways of using technology for better conceptual understanding among my learners. In turn, the learners will be able to apply learnt concepts for their cognitive growth.