I thought I would try sharing my notes from Jason’s presentation. Beware: these are the interpretations and may be Toledoized – his words are in quotes.
Suggestions for making technology use and integration smoother:
- “Don’t fear 10 year olds who know more than you; deputize them” … (they see technology as “intelligent furniture”)
- “be kind to your techies” – include some “things are going great” comments
- “practice Zen Tech, not Zantac” – breath and remember it’s a machine
- “have fun … ” – my mantra, too
“Writing is no longer the default” … “using words is not the only medium available to us … ask ‘Where would words be helpful?'” – this is a great way to look at the use of multimedia. It really hits home with today’s students who have been immersed in a multimedia world since birth.
“New media = new literacy” – we have to take the time to teach all aspects of literacy
Jason suggests telling students that they are “scripting rather than writing” – they cringe when we announce that it’s writing time.
“Teachers don’t use more media-based because they don’t know how to assess it – the finished product is just the tip of the iceberg of the assessment piece.” We need to approach these types of assignments just as we did the non-tech integrated assignments – define the parts of the assignment, determine the weight of each, and then assign the grade values. Nothing new, just new stuff for the students to play with.
“story thinking <——————> analytic thinking” These approaches should both be addressed. They naturally do the story thinking, we need to teach them the analytic thinking.
Suggestions for educational leaders
“Don’t lead by concern”
- concerns “are negatively stated goals”
- concerns “only define swerves, not direction”
- “turn concerns into goals”
- “goals allow you to aim, move with intent”
Lead with a story … it’s the hook that signals the importance of what’s coming next
“Integration: Assimilation, Creation, Transformation” – this is an approach that I can use with ETIP
Last, he suggests that we ask students “What story would you like to tell the world about who you want to be?”
I would add that we ask teachers, What story would you like to tell the world about what type of teacher you want to be?