Winter 2001 LInC Vision for Best Use of Technology

Technology can be integrated to improve student learning by empowering students to:

Direct their own Learning

  • Direct their own learning using technology as a tool.
    Teachers will be: guiding, facilitating, co-investigating, learning, etc ...
    Students will be: exploring, researching, investigating, thinking, collaborating ...
  • Work on current real-world problems and issues.

Communicate and Collaborate

  • Communicate and collaborate (local and distance)
  • Have a window to the world (especially useful in rural areas).
  • Connect with other cultures.
  • Collaborate with other students and experts that have different perspectives, geography, experiences, skills, or resources.
  • Gather valid / authentic data (science testing, graphing data, research, email)
  • Work in teams on projects.

Publish Student Work

  • Publish original results / projects / data / pictures to the world.
  • Develop a product to demonstrate their learning.
  • Share information.

Access and Manage the Latest Resources

  • Access the latest data, world data and resources.
  • Think critically as they sort through information.
  • Manage information.
  • Use learning environments that can "even the playing field" by matching different learning styles or adapting to students' needs.
  • Participate in interactive learning experiences.
  • Develop confidence in handling new tools.

Other Goals for Technology Integration:

  • Technology can help students and teachers do things that they might not have been able to do in the past OR help them produce things that are better.
  • Technology needs to be a "tool", not something else that we teach.
  • Technology should be used for learning something of value.
  • Technology use should be more than just a new delivery system for the same boring exercises. We don't need another set of high dollar flash cards.
  • Instruction should dictate technology. Don't just use technology for technology's sake.

  • Technology use should not be passive.
  • Technology should be utilized in a setting that allows students to work freely with, for example, laptops rather than the traditional formal structure of computer "labs."
  • Don't underestimate the learner - this lead to a discussion of Tapscott's "Growing up Digital" and the importance of challenging today's digital kids.

  • "Techies" need to be ambassadors of technology to other teachers. They need to make projects for other teachers doable or easy so that others will join in. Projects that are stimulating and productive give the teachers the "shot in the arm" that they need to get started using technology in their classrooms, etc.

This page was created from the discussion in the January 10, 2001 LInC Online course.