A systems-based approach to technology integration using mentoring and communities of practice

  • Theodore J. KopchaEmail author
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The purpose of this article is to present a systems-based mentoring model of technology integration that follows a research-based path. The model moves teachers through four specific stages of technology adoption toward using technology to support learning in more student-centered ways. The model describes how a mentor can negotiate the interplay of multiple barriers (time, beliefs, access, professional development, culture) on teachers who are learning to integrate technology and suggests a number of strategies for integrating technology, such as establishing a culture of technology integration, modeling technology use, and creating teacher leaders. Unlike previous mentoring approaches to integrating technology into the classroom, this model culminates with the establishment of a teacher-led community of practice that uses the resources currently available at a school to support and sustain the implementation of the system. Suggestions for implementing the model in a variety of K-12 and higher education settings are discussed.


Technology integration Model of technology integration Mentoring Community of practice 



The author would like to thank Robert Atkinson, Ph.D. and Eric Lindner at Arizona State University for their suggestions during the initial stages of conceptualizing the model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational TechnologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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