Alan November reminded me that it's not about the technology. Really. I know that. The technology is the tool that I need to align my 'teaching' with the big picture; their learning. He reminded me of four goals that I gave myself a while back and I'd like to share with you. If I can remember these goals, then the worry about keeping up with the technology is mitigated by the bigger picture of achieving these goals. He's right on when he says that students need to:
1. deal with massive amounts of information
2. connect their learning and produce content for an authentic audience
3. establish global connections and develop global empathy
4. be self-directed in their learning
|I was in that audience!|
I try hard to improve my teaching and I'm not afraid to wade into unknown waters. My students, (bless them) are used to being 'guinea pigs' and understand that the classroom is where we try new things. But every once in a while, I have to step back and remember the big picture. Everything we do, all the content we teach, assessments we design and conversations that we have with them should support the bigger picture: their future as citizens in a world we can only imagine, darkly, through a glass. We can't be sure that most of the content we teach will be relevant in a few years, but we surely know that if we coach them on autonomy, mastery and authenticity, as outlined by Alan's four goals, we've got to be on the right track.