Integration of Information Technology in Instruction:Part 1 AQ for Teachers
Case Studies

Case Study #1
Our school has a Smart Board which we are supposed to incorporate into our teaching. I have heard great things about it and have seen it in action (a bit).
How are we supposed to get comfortable and successfully use all the new technology without proper in-servicing and training? Workshops offered during the lunch hour just don't seem to be enough. I feel like I am having a hard time keeping up with all the changing technology and so my students miss out.


Case Study #2
The Grade 10 Academic Mathematics course continues to be quite challenging for a great many students. How could a program be implemented in the Library/Computer Lab (16 computers) to help students better understand the course content and help reinforce material taught in class? How could technology be best incorporated into the course? How could the use of technology serve as a way of providing supplemental course-related activities?


Case Study #3
I am a recent graduate who currently works in the school as a teaching assistant. Working within the school, I have noticed teachers' reluctance to using computers in the classroom due to the lack of knowledge on operating the computer or program, or the time it takes to set up. I have also noticed that schools often only have 1 or 2 laptops in the school; therefore, requiring teachers to plan ahead if they need one for a lesson. As a teacher, I would like to learn how to incorporate technology into the classroom through various subjects.

Case Study #4
I have recently been hired by a school board as an Occasional Teacher and I will begin in about two weeks. Through my experiences in student teaching I have found that recent innovations in technology have greatly assisted standard methods of education. I would like to understand how to use this technology in the classroom. Since my qualifications are in primary/junior, I would like to learn how to incorporate technology with younger grades. I would also like to get the most out of limited resources if the school does not have access to newer forms of technology.

Case Study #5

There are a lot of educational tools on websites like youtube. However, in schools, these websites are blocked sometimes for both teachers and students. I understand that there needs to be some control/sensors over what students have access to. With that said, I feel that blocking these websites for all people in the school greatly limits the educational opportunities we are giving our students. What are some possible ways of still protecting our students from inappropriate material that is on the internet and still using the internet as a great teaching tool?


Case Study #6

Working in an inner-city school with a high immigrant population, my students' computer knowledge varies from extremely proficient to very basic. Where do I begin in teaching the students about computers without boring some students or completely confusing the others? How would I design a successful computer class/assignment so that I am challenging all my students?


Case Study #7

Many of our computers at school are now out-dated and very slow. This is frustrating, time consuming, and it is difficult to deliver a lesson within a short time-frame.


Case Study #8

At our school there is always discussion about using Assistive Technology with our needy students in Resource. In order to learn about the assistive technology that we should be using with students I attended a workshop on Kurzweil, Dragon and another program. I listened attentively; I thought I’d grasped the main functions of the Kurzweil program. The instructor then moved on to Dragon etc. Towards the end of the course I learned that we were using Kurzweil 10. (something). Then the bombshell…I was told that most of our schools had only Kurzweil 6. and that we would need to buy the updated version and it would cost about $200. Well, I was still a little hopeful thinking that maybe the Principal would let buy one, or perhaps we could do some fundraising…I investigated a little more and I found out that the computers we had would not be able to handle the Kurzweil 10. and we would need newer computers etc. etc. You can imagine the disappointment I experienced. The workshop was a total waste of time and frustration level was high…


Case Study #9
I have a grade 6 class and I have a Smart Board (SB) permanently placed in the classroom. The SB is of no help to me, as I have had no prior experience using this form of technology. The principal is under the impression that the teacher I am replacing has used this form of technology in her class. However, according to the students, it was only used once. Upon trying to find another teacher who could help me to use this program, it is apparent that many of the staff in the school are not trained or able to use this SB and the programs. With increased pressure to provide students with differentiated instruction, much of which is completed through various forms of technology, how do we ensure that teachers are properly trained to use the various forms of technology that are becoming more readily available in the classroom?

Case Study #10
A male grade 6 teacher decided to bring his personal laptop to demonstrate a lesson for his students.While teaching the lesson, the teacher clicked on the wrong link or file and inappropriate pictures appeared in front of the entire class.The students went home and told their parents.Immediately the parents called the police and the school board.The teacher was asked to stay home for a day until it was dealt with. A letter was sent home to the parents about the situation, not revealing the teachers name.The teacher returned without penalty.

Case Study #11
A colleague of mine has a Smart Board in her classroom.She finds it difficult to incorporate it into her lessons due to the lack of mobility and space in the classroom.Since the school does not provide personal laptops, she must connect her SB to her desktop computer which is located right next to the students.Hence, the room needed for the projector and space between the SB and students is hindered.

Case Study #12
In my school, Media Literacy is currently delivered as prep time coverage at the computer lab, and naturally is is almost fully booked.Only a few blocks either early in the morning or late in the afternoon are not used for Media classes, but again mostly taken up by Kindergarteners.I have only one computer in my class with 18 grade 1 and 2 students.How can I engage my students in any technology related activities?

Case Study #13
I have an ME (Multiple Exceptionalities) class with 8 students.It is an intermediate class with grade 6/7 and 8.The students stay for 2 to 3 years before they go to high school.I have 3 students with their stand-a-lone desktop computers – one computer is broken (not working, needs a new hard drive).Another student has a laptop.It is not safe to keep in the class, so I put it in the office and when we need it, we get it from the office.I have one of the 3 computers connected to the internet and the students prefer to work on this one.These computers have lots of programs for special needs children – like Writing with Symbols, Board Maker, Classroom, and so on.They use the computer to write their journal and sometimes in reading or math.I’d like to have better management for using the computers in the classroom. How can I use computers more effectively and efficiently in my classroom?