As you may or may not know, I’ve recently taken on the role of PD chair for the ISTE SIGilt. One of my roles is to organize a series of 1-hour webinars and a couple of book studies over the course of the coming school year.
I thought I’d start with a book that I know pretty well: Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. While my colleagues and I wrote this four years ago, I still find it amazing that, while the technologies have evolved, that the strategies provide such a strong structure for utilizing technology in the classroom.
Say, for example, a teacher finds a good frog dissection website. At first, his thoughts might be, “This will be a great website for my students to use when we’re studying amphibians.”
When one starts to think about technology in terms of the strategies from Classroom Instruction that Works, the language changes to something like, “This will be a great website for my students to use when we’re studying amphibians and I what them to use nonlinguistic representation to compare and contrast amphibians to fish and reptiles.” The technology is no longer a part of the “noun” of the content, but becomes rather the “verb” of what skills and strategies we want students using.
To that end, I invite you to join our book study. We will go through the research behind each strategy and look at a variety of tools and resources that help you integrate those strategies. We start September 1st and wrap up around Thanksgiving, ending with a webinar hosted by the authors. Hope to see you online!