Why Technology?

A Vision for 21st Century Teaching & Learning | Laredo ISD

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  • Understand & explore the why behind using technology at our campuses
  • Experience hands on activities where technology plays a role in enhancing or transforming teaching & learning
  • Discuss, question, brainstorm, challenge, and think about the teacher and student outcomes we hope to achieve (begin with the end in mind)
  • Discuss planning process for increased tech-integration: LEAD Curriculum Doc

Start with the why

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The Golden Circle (c) 2013 Simon Sinek, Inc.
Start with why - how great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek | TEDxPugetSound

Activity: Start with the Why

Step 1: Watch first 5 minutes of Simon Sinek TED Talk, Start With Why.

Step 2: Discussion:

  • What stood out to you?

  • Simon says, “People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it.” How do you think this idea applies to teaching & learning?

    • What makes you say that?

  • Complete this sentence stem: I think we can start with the why (with technology integration) by________.

  • Share your sentence with our Today's Meet Room here.

A Day in Their Shoes

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Activity: Prism Shared Reading

Step 1: Go to this link

Step 2: Read the article and use the highlighter in accordance with what you find

A. Extremely insightful

B. Hard to understand

C. Arguable

Step 3: While you are waiting for everyone to wrap up reading--explore Prism: How could you use this in meetings you facilitate?

What do we want our students to be like?

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Activity: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Use the hexagon to respond to the big question: What do we want our students to be like?
  • Get up, move around the room, looking for a place where your idea connects with another and place your hexagon accordingly. Have conversations with those around you about why you think it fits there.
  • As you look at the hexagons and talk with those in the room, see if another idea comes to you. Use the extra hexagons around the room to add to the growing thinking map.
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Reflection: Hexagonal Thinking

  • Reflect on this activity. What did you notice about your thinking? How did your peers encourage, extend, or challenge your thinking?
  • Complete this sentence stem: I made my thinking visible by____________.
  • Share your sentence with the room here
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The Hello Navi vision.


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Activity: See, Think, Wonder

Step 1: Explore the TPACK graphic

Step 2: Use the following links to observe, make connections, and express your curiosity:

  • What do you see? Try to focus just on what you see, not what you think about it yet.
  • What do you think about it?
  • What does it make you wonder?
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Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise


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Collaborative Doc

Step 1: Join the shared Doc

Step 2: Collaborate to come up with an example of each level of technology integration (be as specific as possible and include why you think this is an example of this level).

Ruben R. Puentedura, (2009)

Dr. Reuben Puentedura | SAMR

"As one moves along the continuum, computer technology becomes more important in the classroom but at the same time becomes more invisibly woven into the demands of good teaching and learning."
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Activity: SAMR Lesson

Step 1: What is a topic in your area of expertise that students really struggle with? How might technology play an enhancing or transformative role in a lesson redesign?

Work with your technology trainer to discuss the topic and why you think students might struggle.

Consider these three questions:

1. What is the student outcome/standard?

2. What thinking do I want to see from my students?

3. What technology tool could support the desired outcomes?

Step 2: Create a Haiku Deck account and create a presentation to include the outcomes, thinking, and tools involved in your lesson. Feel free to explore Haiku Deck and get creative.

Putting It Together

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Activity: Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk: The Chalk Talk thinking routine* gives an opportunity for everyone’s voices to be heard. Each prompt will be written in the middle of a large piece of paper. Then, without speaking, everyone will walk around the tables and write responses to the prompts. The conversation continues, in writing, as participants respond to the comments of their peers. Here are a couple ideas to think on as you look at each prompt

  • What ideas come to mind when you consider this idea, question, or problem?

  • What connections can you make to others’ responses?

  • What questions arise as you think about the ideas and consider the responses and comments of others?

Here are the Prompts to consider:

  • Prompt 1: Why should we integrate technology into teaching & learning?

  • Prompt 2: What fears or worries might hold us back if we let them?

  • Prompt 3: How could our campus build a culture where we feel safe to try things out?

* Visible Thinking Routine from Harvard’s Project Zero http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03a_ThinkingRoutines.html

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Activity: I used to think...

Step 1: Complete the follow prompt as you reflect on what you explored, discussed, created, and discovered today.
  • I used to think...
  • Now I think...

Step 2: Use the Touchcast app (or just the video tool on your iPad) to record your response OR you can use a drawing or graphics app to take the image above and write your response.
  • Can you figure out how you could submit the link to your work on our Padlet group page?






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