Vision for School Technology

The following video is my attempt at creatively sharing my vision for school technology. This project is for a course I’m taking from the University of Kentucky’s School Technology Leadership program as I’m finishing up my first semester in their PhD program. It’s been a lot of work, but I’ve learned quite a bit and it’s all been very applicable to my “day job” position as an elementary school principal. The program is starting to reach out for candidates who have an interest in joining their next cohort which will start in the Fall of 2013. If you have an interest in such a program, please connect with the UKSTL staff or track me down for questions and reflections.

The song is “Midnight City” from M83, and the images are from zedge.com.

2 thoughts on “Vision for School Technology

  1. I like it, Curt — especially the bit about good instruction versus the use of solitary gadgets.

    What worries me, though, is that even after YEARS of hearing this same message again and again and again, there are still TONS of examples of school leaders — both at the building and the district level — who are solitary gadget guys and gals.

    As a classroom teacher, that hacks me off because I see limited technology budgets wasted on tools that make no tangible difference to the teaching and learning practices in a building.

    Why does that happen? Why are there so many leaders who don’t seem to pay a lot of attention to what the gadgets they are buying are doing after the purchase?

    Rock on,
    Bill

  2. Thanks for the comment and questions Bill. I’m with you. We (the collective school leaders, we) often think that shiny gadgets will be the missing link to significantly increasing learning. But too often, we see these powerful new tech devices being applied to traditional methods of teaching and learning. An example of this might be a classroom full of kids, sitting in rows, staring at their ipad as they practice math facts. We still are too focused on cramming content into craniums, rather than teaching in a way that enables kids to develop good communication skills, creativity, problem solving, etc. I think we can learn a lot from John Dewey and his ideas on active and constructive learning. If I was King for a Day, I’d require teacher training on constructivist learning and then pair that with the most promising shiny gadget that might best bring active learning to life. May you rock on as well Mr. Ferriter.

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