Forward, Not Lateral
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A Step Forward, Not A Replacement
A 1:1 program is a significant investment for a school district. It’s not just a financial investment it’s a cultural investment. It’s a complete change to how things are done. A 1:1 program allows for a change in how learning is done in your district.
If you are scanning in old paper worksheets, making them to a PDF, and sending them to your students to fill out on their device. You have replaces a $0.25 paper and pen assignment with a $500 digital paper and pen assignment. Don’t put an expensive digital paint job on the old ways of teaching. It’s a waste.
Don’t be 1:1, but continue to print everything out. Don’t be 1:1 and continue to have a teacher centered learning experience.
1:1 computing allows you to break away from traditional centered learning. You can build a 1 on 1 learning environment. The technology allows teachers to form a connection with students individually and on their terms. Use technology as a step forward, not a replacement.
Think, and ask yourself;
How can I make this less more interactive?
How can I make this lesson digital first?
If you had to teach this lesson for the first time today, with the tools you have now, would it look the same?
Providing a peak behind the curtain of the thought and writing process.
I’ve worked with several districts to implement a 1:1 program. Every single time there is a group of people that want to print their old word document lessons. Scan them as a PDF. Email them to students. And have the students try to “write” on the PDF with their 1:1 device.
Please don’t be the teacher that wants to use the 1:1 program as a way to just hand out the same worksheets that have always been used through email instead of paper.
If you are a teacher, or work with students, what tools do you use to make your lessons interactive and digital first?