What ICT is going to help my children learn by helping them to become literate, resourceful, and habitual learners — engaged in a learning lifestyle?
|When information is Networked, Reading||expands into||Exposing what is True (finding, decoding, evaluating, building meaning, etc.)|
|When information is Digital, Arithmetic||expands into||Employing the Information, working the numbers that define all information to add value.|
|When information is abundant (overwhelming), then Writing||expands into||Expressing Ideas Compellingly. Producing a message that competes for the attention of the audience.|
It was this description of the traditional 3R’s in a contemporary setting, together with the closing question that made me think less about technology and more about the teacher in the classroom. If the aim is for our students to be literate, resourceful and habitual learners then I would suggest the first step in that journey is for we who profess to be teachers to be exactly that.
How many of us are truly ‘literate’ enough to develop in our students the ability to ‘expose what is true’ when reading? How confident are we to use the technology we have at our and our students’ disposal to find, decode, evaluate, etc as they aim to expose?
How many of us are constantly ’employing’ the information we ask our students to expose in an effort to add value? Do we consistently ask students to make what they expose relevant or useful to someone else? Is what we ask students to expose relevant or useful to them???
How many of us are being resourceful and expressing our ideas compellingly for our students? Do we consistently ask our students to produce a message for an audience? A real audience that would be compelled to listen/read/view/consume?
Coming back to David Warlick’s original question relating to what ICT is going to help, I think the first step is to ensure that we, as teachers, are literate in the use of ICT to expose. Literate in the use of ICT to add value. Literate in the use of ICT to make a message compelling. Once we, as teachers, are literate, resourceful and habitual in these areas then whatever tool a teacher chooses to use or is available to them in their classroom is going to help.
What do you think?