Technology plays a critical role in today’s schools. They are today’s modern learning tools. But technology is both so prevalent and seemingly new that schools need to be thoughtful about how they introduce, implement, and manage technology.
The temptation is to focus on the “stuff” – the hardware and the software. But the secret is to focus on the teaching and the learning. The real power isn’t in learning to use the technology, but in using technology to learn.
Check out the great posts on helping schools be more learning-focused with their technology at the More Verbs, Fewer Nouns blog
Focus on the Right Thing with Technology
- The Real Power of Technology in Schools – Focusing on the Right Thing
- Putting Computer Projects at the Heart of the Curriculum – Almost 20 years old, and still gets to the heart of what role technology should play in schools
- Does Technology Improve Learning – No! A Keynote
- Will the iPad Save Schools? – The 4 Pillars of The Schools We Need
- Is the Problem Your Students, the Device, or Your Vision for Learning?
- Is “What’s the iMovie Curriculum?” the Wrong Question?
Leveraging Technology for Learning
- How Will We Use Our Technology? – 7 Powerful Uses
- Tricks for Teaching Tech Quickly
- The Two Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching With Technology
- We Had It All Backwards: The Two Types of Instruction
- QR Codes & Fostering a Strong Home/School Connection
MLTI – Maine’s Learning with Technology Initiative
- The official MLTI website
- MLTI, Kindergarten iPads, & Customized Learning: a Keynote with Gov. King & Commissioner Bowen
- Power of One to One – Early Findings from the Maine Learning Technology Initiative
- ASCD article on MLTI – Special Topic: Learning with Laptops
- School Tech: 6 Important Lessons From Maine’s Student Laptop Program (Mashable, Jan 2011)
- Why Auburn Chose iPads (for the 2013 round of MLTI)
Technology & Young Learners
- Auburn’s Primary Grades 1to1 iPad Initiative
- What Do Veteran Teachers Think of iPads in the Primary Grades
- How Does Auburn Select Apps?
- Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal – Young Children and iPads
- Folks Who Think Our Program is a Waste of Money Might be Right
- Rumors of our Locking Kindergarteners in Closets with iPads are Greatly Exaggerated
Supporting Teachers in their Implementation of Technology
- Proficiency-Based Professional Development
- Not All at Once – Phases of Implementing Technology for Learning (Just the Phases document)
- 12 Professional Learning Curriculum Buckets for Teaching and Learning with Tech
- Starting to Design a Distributed PD System
Issues Around Teaching and Learning with Technology