Good technology choices start with a firm understanding of the skills that you want your students to master.
Once you understand just what those skills are—and why they’re important to the kids in your classroom—you can start to find digital tools that make the work around those skills more efficient.
The good news is that choosing skills is a heck of a lot easier than choosing tools.
After all, some of the brightest minds in education reform—Bob Marzano, Rick and Becky DuFour, Rick Stiggins, Larry Ainsworth—have been writing about “essential outcomes,” “I Can Statements,” and “power standards” for years.
Their keys to identifying skills that matter involve asking questions about endurance, leverage and readiness:
Endurance: Are students expected to retain the skills or knowledge you are considering long after the test is completed?
Leverage: Is this skill or knowledge you are considering applicable to many academic disciplines?
Readiness for the next level of learning: Is this skill or knowledge you are considering going to prepare the student for success in the next grade/course?
Do you ever feel like the person who is just there to "hook up the stuff" for teachers? Do all teachers have this same grasp of why technology integration matters?