Enhancing Learning with Technology

The Art & Science of Teaching

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From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able

TEDxKC - Michael Wesch - From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

Group Reflection

What do we think about the assumption that teachers are designers and students are no longer consumers of information, but designers and producers of original content?
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Student Collaboration

Design Questions for Teaching & Learning with Technology

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Design Question 1 Resource:


What will I do to establish ad communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success?


Read "A Philosophical Approach to Classroom Design" to explore how the use of technology can effect the physical layout of the classroom AND how this interacts with classroom rules and procedures.

What ideas about classroom design were most innovative, interesting, or surprising? Why?

Design Question 2 Resource:


What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?


This resource may seem unrelated to a discussion of technology in the classroom. Try to keep an open mind as you read about how "cross-media" storytelling can enhance our experience with new content.


Can you draw some connections from this article to classroom instruction? How might teachers adapt these ideas to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?

Design Question 3 Resource:


What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge?


This resource includes both traditional and "tech-enabled" ideas to support student practicing and deepening their understanding.


Why is this such an important consideration for designing learning opportunities for students?

What additional questions do you and your group have?

Design Question 4 Resource:


What will I do to help students generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge?


This resource includes a variety of ideas about how to help students generate and test hypotheses. Some might argue that this kind of learning experience is not necessary since it cannot be "tested" by a traditional multiple choice assessment. Why should we value this kind of student learning?


What additional questions do you or your group have with regard to technology that can empower students to think in this way?

Design Question 5 Resource:


What will I do to engage students?




This resource both calls attention to the rapidly-changing nature of edtech and is an attempt to support teachers making sense of the continuous stream of new technology tools. Why is it so important for teachers to stay relevant with regard to the best new technology?


How might our school support teachers in being able to evaluate the effectiveness of new tech tools (especially with regard to student engagement)?

Design Question 6 Resource:


What will I do to establish or maintain classroom rules and procedures?


This resource provides a rationale for the Design Question, and includes a few apps supporting its implementation. How effective do you think these tools would be for teachers? What additional questions do you or your group have?

Design Question 7 Resource:

What will I do to recognize and acknowledge adherence or lack of adherence to rules and procedures?


This resource provides recommendations for technology tools to support teachers with classroom management. Which resources did you find the most innovative or interesting? Why?

What additional questions do you or your group have?

Design Question 8 Resource:

What will I do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students?


This resource recommends ways to use technology tools to enhance teacher-student relationships while also advising that technology not replace "face-to-face" interactions. What ideas did you find most interesting? Why?

Design Question 9 Resource:

What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students?


Classroom clickers or student response systems have become high-demand classroom tools in schools, universities, and training programs across the country. This resource offers web-based or software-driven alternatives to clickers.

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