As we think about our teachers becoming highly skilled at using technology in the classroom, we could certainly generate a very long list of abilities, approaches, tools, apps, strategies, and other competences we’d like them to get good at.
But there are certain behaviors/professional learning that have been linked to fostering a quality, learning-focused 1to1 technology initiative. These become our 12 buckets that would make up a professional learning curriculum for teachers.
Four 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 (especially when every student has a device in front of them!)?
- Student Motivation & Engagement: How do teachers ensure that students are mentally and physically engaged? How can teachers create the conditions for student self-motivation?
- Teaching Digital Citizenship: How do (all) teachers help students learn how to use technology safely and appropriately? (This isn’t just the responsibility of the computer teacher!)
And 8 of those buckets are the pedagogical approaches that make up “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 Practice and Deepening Understanding: What tools and resources help students develop some fluency with those 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 and Evidence of Learning: 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?