(Note: This is cross posted at the Distributed PD Project, where Auburn School Department, and friends, are rethinking how we can provide training and support to teachers.)
As we think about our teachers becoming highly skilled at teaching and learning with iPads, we could certainly generate a very long list of skills, approaches, tools, apps, strategies, and other competences we'd like them to get good at.
But if we consider how we might group that very long list into categories, I think we have 10 buckets that would make up our professional learning curriculum.
Three of those buckets focus on teachers' being able to use the technology themselves and create the conditions in the classroom for students to use the technology for learning.
- Personal Use: Can teachers use the device themselves as their own productivity and learning tool?
- Classroom Management for Tech: How can teachers insure that students are focused and on-task when using technology in the classroom?
- Managing the Tech: How do teachers organize the technology (or collaborate with students to organize the technology) so it works and is available to be used for learning in the classroom?
And 7 of those buckets are the pedagogical approaches that make up the 7 Powerful Uses of Technology (notice that they focus on educational goals, not technology tools):
- Tech for Foundational Knowledge: How can we help students learn the basics?
- Tech for Using Knowledge: How can we contextualize learning and make learning engaging and meaningful? How can students use their knowledge? What is the role for creating and creativity, and for project-based learning?
- Tech for Learning Progress Management: How do we keep track of student learning? Promote a transparent curriculum? Make learning progressions clear? Help students navigate their learning? Maintain evidence of mastery?
- Tech for Personalizing Learning: How does technology help us tailor the learning to the student?
- Tech for Supporting Independent Learning: How can technology help the student do more on their own and need the teacher less?
- Tech for Assessment: How can technology help us capture what students know and can do?
- Tech for Home/School Connection: How can technology help us stay better connected to parents?