Topic: Leadership Issues
Dean Shareski added a comment to yesterday's post that I don't want to leave buried there, so here's what he wrote:
"I would also add that we've been asking the wrong questions. Instead of looking for increases in student achievement, we need to consider that the laptops are akin to pencils, desks, paper and other tools we've traditionally used to learn. There's never been any test or question about the validity of pencils. Pencils don't improve achievement. Good teaching does. Also, I'm sure in many classrooms pencils are used inappropriately but we don't question their value.
As much as I agree about our need to use the tools, I think the challenge we face is how do we use them differently. In the article you cite, it seems it's the classic case of forcing square pegs in round holes. Traditional classrooms don't suit themselves well to utilizing laptops effectively.
Helping teachers and students create new learning environments is the key."
I happen to be reading Freakonomics (finally) and one of the things the authors keep returning to in that book is, what questions are you asking? Are they the right questions? How do you know?
I'd be very interested in hearing what others think about what questions we should be asking related to technology and education. What do you think?
Photo Credit: http://flickr.com/photos/aymlis/20975366/, by Amylis, 22 June 2005. 7 Sept. 2006