Grading the Digital School

As we begin yet another new school year, I think we all look for inspiration, motivation, and new challenges to keep our passion for educating at it’s peak.. I received a link to an article in the September 3, 2011 Sunday New York Post, written by Matt Richtel, titled “Grading the Digital School, In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores.”  Sent from a former Technology Director, he wisely reminded me that we need to keep paying attention and not assume that the things we are doing are always the best.  I have my thoughts on this article.  What are yours?


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  1. Max said:

    This was a great article wasn’t it Donna?! I thought the decision making process of Mr. Share was interesting. He bases his technology purchasing decisions on what his teachers say they need and his experience. That’s why the DEN is so important. It connects educators, allowing them to share best practices for effectively utilizing educational technology.

  2. Robin Talkowski said:

    Thanks for bringing my attention to this article, Donna. For me, it reaffirms the notion that technology is a wonderful tool that can enhance good teaching. It is the teacher that needs to determine what technology tools and resources will have the most positive impact on learning. It would be great to see some really good research on the topic. Maybe this will inspire me to do more action research in the classroom.

  3. Donna Criswell said:

    Thanks for commenting Max and Robin 🙂

    Personally, I don’t think those tests assess what kids really need to know to be successful. I also think we’ll lose kids if we decrease the amount and type of tools they innately use to acquire and process information, as well as to demonstrate and communicate what they know.

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