Technology is powerful, and it has the potential to transform the classroom experience for students. This seems to be a self evident truth, but when talking passionately about technology, I often find myself at a loss for words unless I make an effort to match the capacities of new technology to concrete school goals. Below are examples of technology that I love and how I like to talk about it.
The better I can articulate how technology helps reach a concrete school goal, the more impact technology will have on the students. Above, I have identified these goals: fostering student expression electronically to map student learning, seeking high-impact curriculum sites that help explain content and teach skills to students, identifying assessment sites that can provide benchmarks and make meaning out of student results, ingraining the use of effective studying tools into students’ studying habits, mainstreaming creative digital platforms that make design for students easy, mastering creative digital platforms that make design for teachers possible, providing structure and clarity through organization tools, and harnessing the possibility of the digital age through 21st century reading.