Trends with teachers
Shift in pedagogy
A different focus for districts
Does bandwidth matters?
Good teachers get better, and not so good teachers get worse. I found this to be an interesting statement. This resource - tech - is not a silver bullet for learning and teaching.
Shifting pedagogy seems to be the answer. Educators need to learn how to teach with tech.
1:1 will always present constraints. Effectively dealing with them is key. It is easy to complain that tech doesn't work or that the network isn't as robust as it should be. Of course, these are considerations before implementation.
There has to be a definite push within a school offer this PD to teachers. What is the pedagogical shift teachers need to understand and implement?
The "new" pedagogy involves a shift from presenter to guide and coach. Though this is not a new idea, it is an imperative in a tech infused classroom. Educators can share needed resources with students to learn content while coaching them to master the essential standards and learning targets. Give students license to create their learning and justify it to others. Problem solving, iteration, and critical thinking is essential using problem, project, and/or inquiry based learning.
Don't focus on tech, focus on helping your teachers make the shift.
It happens because there isn't a systematic approach to 1:1. A plan doesn't exist. Educators and learners are paralyzed not having been taught how to integrate tech seamlessly into the learning process. Consequently an educator keeps the same approach to learning and layers on technology. Tech doesn't solve any learning issue, and tech can magnify issues in classrooms.
Having a systematic approach is essential that lays out a timeline to purchase, train, and deploy. Stakeholders need to understand what is going on and why 1:1 is important and how it will change learning. Training is essential.
Yes, bandwidth matters. If school districts and educators expect students to access the Internet and use it for learning, creating, and innovation then bandwidth will either liberate or frustrate the learning process.
Educators need learning to meet their needs as much as teachers meet the needs of students. Offer personal learning experiences geared towards teachers.
Presenter: Brett Clark
Scott is an instructional coach for BBHCSD helping educators shift instructional practices to design effective, student-centered instruction in a 1:1 and blended learning environment. He presents and speaks to audiences locally, statewide, and nationally. Scott is active on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, and Flipboard.
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