Sunday, March 17, 2013

Organizing for Instructional Results

Organizing for Instructional Results

[caption id="attachment_1285" align="aligncenter" width="632"]Kindergarten Students Blogging Kindergarten Students Using Nearpod[/caption]

East Noble School Corporation is getting close to wrapping up year-two of being a 1:1 technology school district. So now that we have come this far, the question is where do we advance from here? Teachers are having students use the devices on a daily basis. Teachers are having kids email their work, create books with Scribble Press, teach lessons using apps like Screen Chomp and Ask 3.

East Noble's curriculum director, Becca Lamon, recently sent this article to me. As I read through it, it really causes me to question even how I have encouraged technology integration. Are we taking advantage of the technologies our students have in their hands? I think the answer is both "yes" and "no".

The article breaks down how technologies are being used into three categories:

  1. Literacy Uses

  2. Adapting Uses 

  3. Transforming Uses

I would encourage you to look at the examples that are listed in the article. Our end-goal here is that we are providing students with the opportunities to transform their learning. Allowing the students to do something that was previously inconceivable without the iPad in their hand is making the best use of the device, is powerful in the learning process, and it is a lot of fun. :)