Tuesday, May 5th, 2009...11:02 am

“Great Teaching” is still “Great Teaching”

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So a colleague directed me to this blog, http://www.eduratireview.com/2009/04/its-not-about-technology.html, and I must say I concur…. And, furthermore, believe that we at eDCSD strive to remain true to our vision of curriculum that is relevant, connected, collaborative, change directed, conversational and continuous.

Yes, this rings true as we acknowledge that teachers must be continuous learners, not only in their technical prowess, but also in their ability to pursue the above qualities.  Relevancy is not just about using and iPod or Cell phone to record 3D images in your environment, but rather the deeper meaning that occurs when students discuss those images as they relate to geometry or trigonometry.  More importantly, the critical thinking that occurs as students debate the applications of mathematical equations.  So, a current electronic device was employeed to engage students, but the depth of learning occurs in the participation.

Ahh, yes, shall we explore 21st century skills… Ken Kay talks about World Class Knowledge and World Class Skills where he discusses the integration of skills and content.

I suggest that the mere vehicle of online learning promotes the natural connection of these skills and content. Students are continually asked to problem solve and be seekers of knowledge in their online courses. Furthermore, students engage in the art of effective communication in a way that simply doesn’t happen in the traditional setting. eMails, threaded discussions, and blog posts provide an opportunity for honing written expression and ettiquette.

Students, parents and staff, I challenge you to become aware of the many ways you are already actively utilizing 21st century skills and increasing your awareness of the connectedness between skills, content and life goals.

1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
2. Learning and Innovation Skills
* Creativity and Innovation
* Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
* Communication and Collaboration
3. Information, Media and Technology Skills
* Information Literacy
* Media Literacy
* ICT Literacy
4. Life and Career Skills



2 Comments

  •   Lynn Smith
    May 7th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Interesting article! We all need to keep on learning!!

  • I agree Sohne. It seems to me that some folks hope that throwing technology at students and teachers is going to be the panacea for education.

    A beautiful piece of communicative technology can be hideously abused and actually make teaching worse (hmmm…can we think of presentation software that has done that?). Kids are smart. They know if people are hiding behind a glitzy tool without really knowing what they want their students to learn and how they – effectively – intend to get them there.

    This actually makes me happy for our expert teachers. As long as they’re willing to keep learning and trying new things to help their students learn, they’ll be fine.

    Thanks for the post.