We learned a lot in Year 1... JD writes over at Confessions of a Jesuit School CIO and I reflect here on things such as:
- Taking time to discern how any technology initiative fits into the mission and values of the school community is key. We took 3 years from idea to pilot to full implementation.
- Having a learning objective to frame academic activity and technology initiatives is a good thing. We used a classic backwards design process.
- Professional Development can no longer revolve around teachers watching as a trainer performs "follow the bouncing mouse" large group instruction.
- Classroom design is important.
- Students will struggle at taking control of their learning. Teachers will struggle with letting go of control. Struggle is not a bad word...
- Turning in electronic assignments? Where?
- Accessing electronic textbooks? Where and how and for how long?
- Communicating between classmates? Which platform? Guidelines for engagement?