Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Essential Questions

The essential question has become the latest buzz word as we ever so slowly transition to the Common Core.  While essential questions generally refer to the big ideas within a content area, some of the biggest essential questions we have to ask ourselves are related to why and how we are using technology in our classrooms.  We need to get past the "coolness" factor, as well as beyond the "well that's the way kids learn today", and ask ourselves how is technology impacting kids' learning?  One essential question is, “What are our expectations for student technology proficiency?"  Neven Jurkovic poses this, as well as three other essential questions in his post on that challenges schools and school systems to develop a comprehensive plan for how kids will use technology before adding yet another device, program, or initiative.  You can read his piece below:

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