It's All About the Learning
ECIS Technology Conference 2015 - Sonya terBorg
Five Classroom Tasks Every Modern Teacher Should Know
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25 Essential Questions
There is also a whole lot of other Understanding by Design resources including Grant Wiggins blog - add that to your feed reader.
Dozens of Essential Questions from a Vital Source
The Five Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action
- Meaningful unit goals and questions
- Summative assessment through writing
- Performance assessment through presentation and portfolio
- Formative assessment and feedback along the way
- Student ownership of the assessment process
5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020
- Students will interact with others remotely
- The success of tech will still rely on skilled teachers
- We'll think differently about the diploma
- Students will have a voice
- Educators and institutions will be forced to adapt
The Biggest Mistakes Made When Integrating Technology
- Technology being used to substitute an analog activity
- Technology use being seen as an add-on to allow students to use devices, the Internet, a program or an app as a reward, for entertainment, as a time filler for students who finish early
- Technology use as a separate subject area
- Technology as a $1000 pencil initiative
- Technology seen as the solution to motivate and engage students
Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids' School
If your school says ...
"We're raising money so we can put a tablet in the hands of every kid."
Think about asking questions like ...
- What training and development resources are you providing to teachers so they can use the devices effectively?
- Where are you getting the curriculum?
- What do we know about how successful this curriculum has been in the past?
- Who's reading the privacy policies on the apps my kids will be using?
- What percentage of the money you're raising will go toward evaluating the outcomes of the new systems?
"We're moving toward a blended learning model."
- Walk me through what my kid's day will look like.
- How will expectations of my child change?
- How will expectations of me as a parent change?
- How will I be able to know what's going on?
- How will you use information collected outside of the classroom?
"We want to experiment with a flipped classroom."
- How are you going to use in-class time if you use video lectures as homework?
- What are you going to assign out of class?
"We think games are the way forward. We're going to be using lots of games."
- What kind of games? What's the actual engagement for kids?
- What concepts are the games trying to evoke?
"We're partnering with Google to get coding into our schools, so kids can make tech — not just use it."
- Why is this right for my kid and this school?
- What will coding classes do in terms of critical thinking skills that, say, a cooking class wouldn't?
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