As a practicing teacher, I often question the usage of technology in my own classroom. The struggle I have is not necessarily in its value overall. For that I am sold. Technology is valuable for what I am doing. The struggle I face is assignment by assignment basis. Often, I ask myself, “How is this technology going to improve upon the experience?” “Will the assignment be just fine without the technology?” “Is the traditional paper and pencil method just as good or maybe even better than using the technology?” These are questions that important for educators to wrestle with as they go about their lesson development. Making an informed decision on this may be helped by a matrix called TIM.

A recent tool has come on my radar recent called “Technology Integration Matrix” (TIM). The guide was created by the University of South Florida’s College of Education. TIM is a guide that helps aid in decision making of technological usage and integration in the classroom.

The matrix (figure 1) consists of five by five characteristic grid. The top of the matrix is called the “Levels of Technology Integration”. This end provides the degree in which the educator will be using the technology into the educational experience. The left side of the matrix is called, “Characteristics of the Learning Environment”. This side of the matrix sets the type of common learning strategy that will be used with the learner.

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Figure 1: Technology Integration Matrix

The website provide is extremely robust and goes way beyond the grid and provides very detailed explanation of every part of the matrix and helps educators understand how it can be applied into their classroom.

Link to the Matrix Page

Link to the Website