Brian Grenier, who publishes Bump on the Blog posed a wonderful question to the teachers of his district and readers of his blog:
What will your students be creating with technology this year?
I agree with Brian that this is a question that shoots straight to the target. Typically teachers progress through various stages of technology. One of my goals, is to assist teachers in moving along this continuum of technology integration:
- Fundamental: check email, print files, students don’t use technology in class
- Productivity: teacher uses technology for classroom management and productivity, creating worksheets, publishing newsletters, creating a class website; students don’t use technology in class
- Instructional Use: teacher uses powerpoints, video, audio, and images; students don’t use technology in class
- Student Use: teacher has students using technology in class to assess their skills, and for drill and practice
- Fusion: teacher has students using technology in class for authentic tasks: to research, create, collaborate, communicate, and teach
Our students should not be just consumers and observers of content. They must be producers of content.
So…what is your response? What will your student be creating with technology this year?
Are you ready to try something new? Check out the Technology Workshops I’m offering this school year. They are listed on the Workshops page of this blog. For your convenience there is an online registration form. Throughout the year I’ll update the dates and times for the workshops. If your schedule prohibits you from attending a workshop you are interested in, all the materials (handouts, videos, slideshows, websites) are available on the web page for that workshop for your convenience. I will be adding short screencasts (videos of step by step directions) that you can also access on-line for more just-in-time learning opportunities.