Table of Instructional Setting Descriptors

This table contains the instructional setting descriptors for each cell of the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM).







Active Learning
Instructional Setting Descriptors


Active Entry. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work. The students may have very limited and regulated access to the technology resources.




Active Adoption. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work. The students may have very limited and regulated access to the technology resources.

Active Adaptation. Technology tools are available on a regular basis.




Active Infusion. Multiple technology tools are available in quantities sufficient to meet the needs of all students.

Active Transformation. The arrangement of the setting is flexible and varied, allowing different kinds of self-directed learning activities supported by various technologies, including robust access to online resources for all students simultaneously.






Collaborative Learning
Instructional Setting Descriptors


Collaborative Entry. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work.




Collaborative Adoption. The setting allows for the possibility of group work, and at least some collaborative technology tools are available.

Collaborative Adaptation. Desks and workstations are arranged so that multiple students can access technology tools simultaneously.




Collaborative Infusion. Technology tools that allow for collaboration are permanently located in the setting and are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Collaborative Transformation. Technology tools in this setting connect to text, voice, and video chat applications and network access has sufficient bandwidth to support the use of these technologies for all students simultaneously.






Constructive Learning
Instructional Setting Descriptors


Constructive Entry. The setting is arranged so that all students can view the teacher’s presentation.




Constructive Adoption. Technology tools that allow for building knowledge are available to students for conventional uses on a limited basis.

Constructive Adaptation. Technology tools that facilitate the construction of meaning are available to students for conventional uses.




Constructive Infusion. The setting includes a variety of technology tools and access to rich online resources that are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Constructive Transformation. The setting includes robust access to a wide variety of technology tools, robust access to online resources and communities, and the ability to publish new content online.






Authentic Learning
Instructional Setting Descriptors


Authentic Entry. Resources available via technology in the instructional setting include primarily textbook supplementary material and reference books or websites, such as encyclopedias.




Authentic Adoption. The setting includes access to information about community and world events and primary source materials.

Authentic Adaptation. The setting includes access to information outside of school and primary source materials.




Authentic Infusion. The setting provides a variety of technology tools and access to rich online resources, including information outside of the school and primary source materials, that are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Authentic Transformation. The setting includes technology tools and online resources that allow for student engagement with the local or global communities. A variety of technology tools are available with robust access for all students simultaneously to information outside of the school and primary source materials.






Goal-Directed Learning
Instructional Setting Descriptors


Goal-Directed Entry. The setting includes access to skill-building websites and applications, including the ability to track student progress across levels.




Goal-Directed Adoption. The setting includes access to technology tools that allow students to plan, monitor, and evaluate their work.

Goal-Directed Adaptation. The setting includes access to technology tools (such as graphic organizers, calendars, spreadsheet software, and timeline software) for planning, monitoring progress, and evaluating outcomes.




Goal-Directed Infusion. The setting includes access to a variety of technology tools for planning in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Goal-Directed Transformation. The setting includes access to a wide variety of technology tools and robust access to online resources for all students simultaneously.

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ActiveIconTiny-1Active Learning Instructional Setting Descriptors


Active Entry. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work. The students may have very limited and regulated access to the technology resources.

Active Adoption. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work. The students may have very limited and regulated access to the technology resources.

Active Adaptation. Technology tools are available on a regular basis.

Active Infusion. Multiple technology tools are available in quantities sufficient to meet the needs of all students.

Active Transformation.  The arrangement of the setting is flexible and varied, allowing different kinds of self-directed learning activities supported by various technologies, including robust access to online resources for all students simultaneously.

collaborativetinyCollaborative Learning Instructional Setting Descriptors


Collaborative Entry. The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work.

Collaborative Adoption. The setting allows for the possibility of group work, and at least some collaborative technology tools are available.

Collaborative Adaptation. Desks and workstations are arranged so that multiple students can access technology tools simultaneously.

Collaborative Infusion. Technology tools that allow for collaboration are permanently located in the setting and are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Collaborative Transformation.  Technology tools in this setting connect to text, voice, and video chat applications and network access has sufficient bandwidth to support the use of these technologies for all students simultaneously.

ConstructiveIconTiny-1Constructive Learning Instructional Setting Descriptors


Constructive Entry. The setting is arranged so that all students can view the teacher’s presentation.

Constructive Adoption. Technology tools that allow for building knowledge are available to students for conventional uses on a limited basis.

Constructive Adaptation. Technology tools that facilitate the construction of meaning are available to students for conventional uses.

Constructive Infusion. The setting includes a variety of technology tools and access to rich online resources that are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Constructive Transformation. The setting includes robust access to a wide variety of technology tools, robust access to online resources and communities, and the ability to publish new content online.

AuthentictinyAuthentic Learning Instructional Setting Descriptors


Authentic Entry. Resources available via technology in the instructional setting include primarily textbook supplementary material and reference books or websites, such as encyclopedias.

Authentic Adoption. The setting includes access to information about community and world events and primary source materials.

Authentic Adaptation. The setting includes access to information outside of school and primary source materials.

Authentic Infusion. The setting provides a variety of technology tools and access to rich online resources, including information outside of the school and primary source materials, that are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Authentic Transformation. The setting includes technology tools and online resources that allow for student engagement with the local or global communities. A variety of technology tools are available with robust access for all students simultaneously to information outside of the school and primary source materials.

Goal-DirectedIconTiny-1Goal-Directed Learning Instructional Setting Descriptors


Goal-Directed Entry.  The setting includes access to skill-building websites and applications, including the ability to track student progress across levels.

Goal-Directed Adoption. The setting includes access to technology tools that allow students to plan, monitor, and evaluate their work.

Goal-Directed Adaptation. The setting includes access to technology tools (such as graphic organizers, calendars, spreadsheet software, and timeline software) for planning, monitoring progress, and evaluating outcomes.

Goal-Directed Infusion.  The setting includes access to a variety of technology tools for planning in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students.

Goal-Directed Transformation.  The setting includes access to a wide variety of technology tools and robust access to online resources for all students simultaneously.

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