Monday, May 30, 2011

It's not just a tool, it' a transformation... Part 5

Why do we need technology in the classroom? Why learn these new tools?

Dean Shareski (@shareski) explains in this post "It's Not Just A Tool" what these tools could do: transform education
"While I advocate largely for the ability to use technology to share and make connections,the ability for us to leverage technology to create projects,works of art and beauty not possible prior to our current age should change they way we think about learning. ...
Much of this infusion is just about continuing on with current practice and sprinkling technology on top and calling it innovative. This is when it’s just a tool. When the technology transforms the way we learn,offers us new, unchartered experiences and opportunities, it’s much more than a tool but a whole new environment. "
At Nespelem School, our mission is to enable a child to become a thinking, caring, productive person using high standards in a positive learning environment. Our school-wide plans and technology plans expect us to move forward:
  1. School Improvement Goal: The technology goal is to build the capacity of every teacher to use the existing technology in the classroom to assist implementation of goals in reading, math, science and writing and to develop an advanced technology users group (Professional Learning Community) among staff.
  2. Learning Strategy: With access to and proficiency in the use of technology tools, and with the guidance of skilled educators and community members, all students have the opportunity to become actively engaged and take responsible roles in their learning as they think, create, conduct inquiries, solve problems and communicate in individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary settings. 
  3. Rationale (or Research Support): Technology can improve communication, enhance thinking skills, make instruction more efficient and effective, and develop life skills critical to success.
Our Google Apps tools allow us "the opportunity to become actively engaged and take responsible roles in their learning as they think, create, conduct inquiries, solve problems and communicate in individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary settings. " 

We don't want our tools to be a sprinkling on top; we want them to transform our pedagogy because:


How will these tools transform our teaching and learning? This blog is part of our journey. What will you add? Tune in for Part 6.









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