Day 142 (of 184) technologization: more than an electronic device
Today our class was visited by a librarian from another school to explore a little about what we have been doing with iPads. For nearly a decade I have been pushing the concept of “technologization” – the blending of technology & education in a seamless methodology – where tech is a tool, and the focus is on the learning, not the device.
So, when I came to our school district a year and a half ago, I ‘pushed the envelope’ by getting iPads for each teacher, and a “pod” of minis for student/group use. Such a little initiative spread to other schools quickly – along with questions to other schools. I have been open and honest – both in my purpose (mobile technology) and my bias (iPads) based on my experiences using a variety of platforms and devices throughout my career. I freely admit that I do not support “one brand device for all users” and instead promote “the right tool for the right user”. Essentially I want tools that will work to: enhance the learning experience.
I was pleased today to hear our guests observations about our use of technology. It wasn’t about the devices or the apps or the shininess….it was about the collaboration, the networking, the mobility, the personalization. The devices (both school provided and byod) were a tool for the students to use. The learning (in todays case a 30 minute video challenge) was paramount: students personalizing, differentiating, questioning, metacognition, etc – making a ‘task’ a learning experience that went well beyond ‘completing a 30 second video commercial’.
I don’t send my students to the pencil room to do work.
We don’t all write speeches about the same topic.
Paper is not something we use once a week.
Technology is a tool that helps students show their knowing.
It was nice to hear from an ‘outsider’ that she was able to see what ‘we’ are hoping to show: that technology works best with education when it is a tool (enhancing learning) not a toy (distraction) and ‘just works’.