What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?

What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology in Your Classroom?

The Right (or at least better) Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change...

Unfortunately, too often, technology is seen as an outcome rather than a tool to lead us to some objective, goal or outcome.

So, the "Wrong Answers" are using technology as the end result: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps...

Not that technology does not need to be taught as technology sometimes. Students need to learn how to use the tools. But for real learning of lasting value beyond the life of a tool itself, technology is best used as a way to address an intended outcome, not as the outcome itself.



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