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Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom: Skills for the 21st Century, 4th Edition

By Gary R. Morrison, Deborah L. Lowther

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 14, 2009


These well-respected authors provide a rationale for integrating computers into the classroom curriculum by using them as tool, rather than just an instructional delivery device.  Accessible for even teachers with limited computer knowledge teachers are provided with a ten-step NTeQ (iNtegrating Technology for inQuiry) model for developing and implementing integrated lesson plans. Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, publishing software, the Internet, and educational software are all explored, with the goal of demonstrating how to determine whether or not computers should be used and how best to use them.
Helping teachers connect what they are learning to their daily planning and instruction the content within each chapter is also aligned with the new ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) and Teachers (NETS-T), revised in 2007 and 2008, respectively.  A new feature throughout the book, The Teacher Diary, documents teacher experiences as they incorporate the NTeQ model in the classroom. The popular NTeQ Lesson Plans have also been expanded to be included in Chapters 7–11.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Rethinking Computers and Instruction

Preparing Students for the 21st Century

21st Century Knowledge and Skills

National Educational Technology Standards for Students

Linking Educational Reform and Technology

Moving from Teacher- to Student-Centered Instruction

Creating Open-Ended Learning Environments

Achieving Collaborative Learning

The NTeQ Model

The NTeQ Philosophy

NTeQ and the Teacher

NTeQ and the Student

NTeQ and the Computer

NTeQ and the Standards

  Chapter 2: NTeQ: Designing an Integrated Lesson

Designing an Integrated Lesson using the NTeQ Approach

Specifying Objectives

Matching Objectives to Computer Functions

Specifying a Problem

Research and Analysis

Planning the Results Presentation

Planning: Activities During Computer Use

Planning: Activities Before Computer Use

Planning: Activities After Computer Use

Planning: Supporting Activities


  Chapter 3: Digital Tools in Today’s Classrooms

Using Digital Tools in the Classroom

Four Tech Digital Tool Categories



Device Software

File Format


Desktop Components

All-in-One Desktops


Computer Pros and Cons

Mobile Devices

Digital Media Players/Recorders

Digital Cameras

e-Book Readers

GPS Navigation Receivers

Graphing Calculators

PDA (Personal Data Assistants)

Personal Response Systems

Mobile Devise Pros and Cons


Audio Devices

Interactive Whiteboards




Science Probes


Peripherals Pros and Cons

Data Storage Devices

External Hard Drives

Flash Drives

Storage Cards

Digital Storage Pros and Cons


Chapter 4: Computer Software in Today’s Classrooms

Software Categories

Five Categories of software

Production Software

Word Processing




Graphic Organizers


Audio/Video Editing


Research Software


Search Engines


Communication/Collaboration Software




Instant Messaging

Discussion Board





Problem-Solving Software



Educational Software



Integrated Learning Systems

Process Tools

Testing Software

  Chapter 5: Think Sheets Using Technology for Higher-Order Learning

The Self-Regulated Learner

   What is Self-Regulation?

   Strategies for Self-Regulation

Using Think Sheets for Higher-Order Learning

   Three Types of Think Sheets

   Components of a Think Sheet

Using the NTeQ Problem-Solving Process for Higher-Order Learning

   Components of the NTeQ Problem-Solving Process

   As-Needed Activities

  Chapter 6: Exploring The World Wide Web in the Classroom

The Internet

            Using the Web to Achieve ISTE NETS for Students

Students using the Web as a Tool

The Web as an Information Source

The Web as a Collaboration Tool

The Web as a Communication Tool

Teachers using the Web as a Tool

Content management

Connecting with Parents and the Community

Professional development

Appropriate Practices with the Web

            District Policies

Classroom Policies

            Copyright Issues

Using the Internet with an NTeQ Lesson

  Chapter 7:  Word Processing

Examining Word Processing

Word Processing in the Classroom

Designing an Integrated Lesson Using Word Processing

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Lesson Bytes for Word Processing

  Chapter 8: Integrating Spreadsheets as Tools

Examining Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets in the Classroom

Designing an Integrated Lesson Using Spreadsheets

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Lesson Bytes for Spreadsheets

  Chapter 9: Integrating Multimedia as a Tool

Examining Multimedia

Multimedia in the Classroom

Designing an Integrated Lesson Using Multimedia

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Lesson Bytes for Spreadsheets

  Chapter 10: Graphic Organizers

Examining Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

Designing an Integrated Lesson Using Graphic Organizers

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Lesson Bytes for Graphic Organizers

  Chapter 11:  Integrating Educational Software

Choosing the Right Software

Benefits of Problem-Solving Software

Benefits of Educational Software

Software Evaluation

Software Evaluation Criteria

Software Reviews

Teacher-Conducted Software Evaluation

Using NTeQ to Integrate Problem-Solving and Educational Software

Five Key Components

Meaningful Integration

  Chapter 12: Teacher, Technology and the Classroom

The Technologically Competent Teacher

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Preparing to Implement a Technology Lesson

Preparing Handouts

Preparing Technology

Managing Student Use of Computers

Managing the Classroom Environment

Managing the Rotation

Managing Student Activities

Managing the ResourcesP

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