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  Is Technology Integrated into our Curriculum?
By Linda Graffitti

The traditional role of a student was to play one role that of a passive recipient of information.  With the advent of the web 2.0 technology this role should no longer exist.  Students using web 2.0 technologies can be collaborating using multiple products, reaching multiple audiences with the help of multiple media.  The outcome of the collaboration can be in the form of a podcast, video, web page or slide presentation all requiring multiple iterations to complete.  But is that what we are finding in today's classroom?
Andy Carvin from National Public Radio doesn't think so.  In his video of May 21,2007 he says, "And so I think schools today and teachers today feel so many pressures from other forces, whether its educational requirements to teach and prepare students for certain standardized tests; whether its using internet filtering to protect students from online safety concerns (but doing it in such a way that teachers don't have the ability to override those filters) - it kind of created a situation in which the internet is being used as one big reference tool.  If students need to know something they look it up and go back to work, and it is not seen as a tool for innovation and collaboration."
We can walk into almost any school in the US today and find laptops and desk tops, some rooms with interactive white boards, students carrying cell phones and iPods.  Technology is everywhere.  Yet most schools require students to put their cell phones and iPods away in their lockers to keep them from becoming a distraction.  Laptops sitting in carts idle in the hallways. Interactive white boards being used as if they were nothing more than chalk boards.  We continue to educate for a world that no longer exists.
The International Society for Technology in Education "ISTE" recommends the following Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Students:
  • Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
  • Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
How do we begin to implement these technology standards?  With a lot of hard work! The goal needs to be to embed the technology into the classroom seamlessly, rather than drawing attention to it. We need to take the technology out of the lockers and off the laptop carts and put it into the hands of the students.  We of course can't leave them in this new virtual environment alone, this might lead to misbehavior, teachers need to model appropriate behavior online, just as they do in the physical classroom. 
Today's students are the most media and technologically savvy generation there has ever been.  They deserve a pedagogical approach to match.

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