Letting Kids Explore and Learn

My children’s school system recently introduced iPads for the first time. Sounds exciting! Yes? So my hopes were that the iPads would be used to explore Web sites for research, create presentations, develop apps, record data, take charge of their learning, and experience engaging, meaningful activities.   The first experience, however that the iPads were used for were to take district mandated tests. Hmmm…

Read about and watch these two takes on how iPads are being integrated in the classroom in A Tale of Two iPads by Jeff Utecht. One school is using the iPads and technology to have students learn, create, explore, and grow. The other school is using iPads as a replacement for textbooks.

When schools introduce technology, in Evaluating Technology Use in the Classroom, he recommends to ask the following:

  1. Is the technology being used “Just because it’s there”?
  2. Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in Old ways?
  3. Is the technology allowing the teacher/students to do Old things in New ways?
  4. Is the technology creating new and different learning experiences for the students?

What is your school doing? As you think about how technology is being integrated, take a look at the SAMR model from Utecht’s article.

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