Cub Connection

October 19, 2015

Technology: A Catalyst for Learning by: S.Blankenship

During a recent chat regarding technology integration, a few tweets sparked my curiosity.

Relationships are number one in education. If used the right way, technology can connect people and be a catalyst for collaboration. – Tony Sappington

To me, collaboration seems to be the key to learning more than the technology itself. If you want to elevate learning, try connecting, discussing, debating, and developing ideas with other people anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s students collaborating with other students or students collaborating with experts in the field, the potential for authentic learning is significant.

Describe how you have used technology to go beyond your classroom walls and tap into outside expertise? If you can’t answer this question, you may be replaced with someone who can.

“Students never say they need professional development for technology.” – Scott Haselwood

As teachers, we get older while our students stay the same age. Therefore, we must adapt or become irrelevant! Effective technology integration is no longer an expectation, it’s required. No longer is it acceptable to limit our students to what one teacher knows and is able to do. Technology can connect us to civil engineers, doctors, architects, authors, meteorologists and judges who can supplement the textbook and make learning more authentic. To do this, teachers must take responsibility for their own learning rather than waiting for a few designated professional development days each year. Tom Whitby once said, “The biggest hypocrisy of the education profession is that the educators too often have become poor learners unwilling to leave their comfort zones to improve their learning. To be better educators, we first need to be better learners.”

What technology tool have you implemented that changed the way your students learn? Describe the timeframe between the time you were introduced to this new tool and implementation. If you can’t answer this question, you may be replaced with someone who can.

The reasoning for technology integration should never be just “to engage students.” Jake Heister

Students may become engaged by scanning a QR code to access a digital worksheet. Students may engage in Minecraft and create a city that resembles the setting to an assigned novel. Either way… so what? It’s not just about engaging students, but more about the learning. Which comes first, the technology or the curriculum? In other words, we must never force fit technology simply because the tool is cool or engaging or any other reason than a catalyst for learning. The goal should be for technology to become more invisibly woven into the demands of good teaching and learning.

Important Dates

October 19

NO common planning

October 20

Fitness Club

Student Led Conferences 3-6

October 21

Fire Prevention program

K4-1st 8:30-9:00

2nd-4th 9:15-9:45

Cub Singers

October 22

Fire Drill

Gifted Art

Student Led Conferences 3-6

October 23

No School

October 26

Red Ribbon Week begins!

October 27

Fitness Club

October 28

Red Ribbon Picnic

Cub Singers

October 29

Furman Consortium

Gifted Art

October 30

Awards Day

Spirit Day

Club Day

4K Strawberry Hill Field Trip