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Creating Purpose-Driven Learning Experiences

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Creating Purpose-Driven Learning Experiences

 

In his 2012 Kindle Single Why School, technology expert and educational change agent Will Richardson argues that classrooms as they are currently structured are failing our students.  "We focus on the easiest parts of the learning interaction -- information acquisition, basic skills, a bit of critical thinking, analysis -- accomplishments that can be easily identified and scored," he writes.  "Learning is relegated to the quantifiable" (Kindle location 227).  To create highly engaged learning spaces, Will believes, classrooms must instead be reimagined as places where students do work that matters with others -- a process introduced by sixth grade classroom teacher Bill Ferriter in a series of presentations to Alberta's Regional Learning Consortiums in January of 2016.

 

The resources for Bill's presentations can be found on this page.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Module 2: Does Your School have a Vision of Effective Technology Integration?

 

One of the first steps that schools interested in the meaningful integration of technology must take is actively defining just what "meaningful integration" would look like in action.  During this breakout, we will work to answer that question.  Participants will look closely at a series of scenarios that describe the full range of technology integration efforts in schools.  Then, they will explore a simple set of documents that can help schools to develop guiding principles for school-based technology integration efforts.

 

Technology Integration Scenarios:  Your table group will be assigned to read the three technology scenarios listed below.  Please click on the link for the scenario that you are assigned to read.  After reading each scenario, please have one scribe respond to the first unanswered question on the second page of the Google Doc.  Together, we will build a nice collection of reflections about what meaningful technology integration is supposed to look like in action.  

 

Scenario 1: Marsha Turnbull

 

Scenario 2: Antonio Villareal

 

Scenario 3: Thomas Vanderheusen

 

Technology Vision Setting Documents:  One of the most important steps that buildings can take to support digital change efforts is to articulate a vision for just what effective technology integration looks like in action.  Clear statements and scenarios that describe the kinds of behaviors that would be seen in classrooms where technology is being used to move learners forward in meaningful ways provide teachers and learning teams with a better sense for the learning spaces that you are trying to create.  The documents below can be used as a guide when developing these statements and scenarios.

 

Technology Planning Guide - A series of questions designed to elicit school-based instructional priorities. 

 

Technology Vision Statements - A document designed to walk leadership teams through the process of developing a set of technology vision statements.

 

 

 

 

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