Incorporating technology into classroom instruction is imperative for students in today's classrooms. One of the biggest obstacles is creating a learning environment that embraces theories on how to reach students and create meaningful connections and incorporating technology into these learning theories. The behaviorist learning theory is present in classrooms today. The basic principle of the behaviorist theory is to use reinforcements and consequences to modify the behavior of a person/student. Our school uses Marzano's Nine throughout everything we do. I actually took part in a leadership conference that went into detail about effort and achievement. By using Marzano's effort and achievement rubrics, we are in turn using behaviorist theories. The concept of becoming self-motivated is using an internal reward structure.
In addition, students can develop these behaviors/skills by using a vast amount of technology. Programs such as Study Island, Waterford and Read About can be used to track and monitor student progress. In addition, programs such as ThinkCentral learning and BrainPop can provide the tutorials that students need to succeed.
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using Technology with Classroom Instruction
that Works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.