New Feature, Around the Net: Technology reshapes education, ‘making thinking visible’

Around the Net is a new feature here on TecKnoQuest enews blog.  This new feature will bring to you interesting articled found around the net.  Articles that we feel might be of interest to educators, students and parents.  As DedicatedTeacher works hard to bring you top quality digital educational resources that rely on technology, we will share articles along that line.

Our first edition to ‘Around the Net’ is an article by Richard Asa Chicago Tribune (TNS) titled Technology reshapes education, ‘making thinking visible’  Which addresses how technology is changing the classroom.  We will include highlights from this article that we found the most interesting and then provide a link to the entire article so that you can ‘read more’.  So let’s get started.

 Technology reshapes education, ‘making thinking visible’ by Chicago Tribune

 Technology reshapes education, ‘making thinking visible’

by Richard Asa -Chicago Tribune (TNS)
September 21, 2015

Jannette Jones, dean of education at Schaumburg-based for-profit American InterContinental University, told of a time she sat in on a middle school class and a student asked the teacher a question.

She said the teacher didn’t know the answer — but on the spot posed the question to her Twitter followers. The teacher in seconds received responses from several experts in the field, Jones said.

tcr8090That’s an example of how technology is changing education forever. Other examples include increased use of iPads and management software in the classroom and programs that include 3D printers and other 3D technology. […]

“Technology in the classroom has shifted (education) to the ‘sage on the side’ approach,” Jones told Blue Sky Innovation in an email response to questions. “ The reality is that this age of information and information literacy inundates teachers and students with mass amounts of content, but much comes without context.”

Technology, she says, makes learning more “robust” and individualized, allows students to embrace creativity and offers new learning strategies.

This is not some Orwellian vision of a future. Human teachers will always be needed to guide the prudent use of technology in the classroom. But it could be a revolution, or an evolution. Either way, it’s growing, particularly in grade school. […]

csbsl550261“The fastest growing trend that I see right now, both at school and in the home, is the move toward more portable, multiuse digital devices,” said Sharman Johnston, director of curriculum and instruction for Texas-based Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers.

“Teachers from pre-K through (high school) name laptops, iPads and electronic readers as the portable technologies with the greatest educational potential,” she said. Preschool teachers also favor digital cameras, calling them the “most valuable instructional technology tool.”

Johnston is leading the development of a proprietary curriculum known as CARES that among other themes adheres to the fact that technology must be built into a young child’s learning experience because technology has become ubiquitous and can enhance children’s real-world encounters.
sed51312Edtech specialist Holly Clark, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, gives Illinois high marks for ensuring there is appropriate coaching for teachers new to the idea of Google apps or iPads in the classroom. CPS in mid-August conducted a “GooglePalooza” to help more than 1,000 teachers learn how to use Google Apps for Education, a free platform Clark called the best edtech tool.

Clark travels the world as part of a group of educators called EdTechTeam to help school districts and educators integrate technology into the classroom in a seamless and logical way.

Among her recent stops was School District 90 in River Forest, where she worked from 2007 to 2009 as technology curriculum specialist. While there, she said, it became clear to her that “making thinking visible,” a concept of Harvard University’s Project Zero, was going to be technology’s legacy in education.

“I began noticing that children learned best by doing, by sharing, by making their thinking visible,” she said. “I can’t help thinking how I wish I were a student now. I would have flourished in a classroom where I could be creative and my voice could be heard without getting detention.”

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