A few weeks ago, I introduced our five building-wide technology goals. Our first goal focuses on transforming education practice and is probably the most challenging goal to implement and evaluate:
- Teachers will use technology to transform lessons with activities that could not be accomplished outside of a 1:1 learning environment.
This goal easily aligns with the first four ISTE Student Standards.
1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Communication and Collaboration
3. Research and Information Fluency
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
These four standards and their sub-standards contain several ways in which student learning can be transformed through the integration of technology. Fortunately, transformation is not limited to a to only a few activities or technology tools.
Transformation through technology is also a district goal. Maria introduced the TAR model in a Believe to Achieve blog post earlier this year. In this post, Maria defines transformation and lists a few examples of using technology to achieve learning experiences that were previously impossible.
The PLC met in December and discussed specific instructional technology activities and assessed where they fit into the TAR model. Based on the success of this discussion, the entire faculty participated in a similar activity during our January 7 faculty meeting. These discussions are helping us clarify where our technology integration fits within the classifications of transform, amplify, and replace. As John, Robbie, Joe, Mel, and I have said in the past, TAR is not an evaluation model, but a reflective tool to help us honestly assess how we use technology. Just like every lesson can not contain level four Depth of Knowledge, not every lesson will be transformative. That being said, we should strive to use technology beyond only replacement of other educational tools and methods. Through a clear understanding of the TAR model, we can honestly assess our implementation of technology.
As you think about how you can transform your teaching and student learning, I will share a few resources in addition to the ISTE Student Standards to help guide your thinking.
- Four Big Things Transformational Teachers Do
- 7 Ways to Transform Education by 2030
Standards•S © 2007 International Society for Technology in Education.