I would like to believe we all have some common ground that we can agree about concerning technology integration in schools and 1:1 programs in particular:
Number One: simply increasing technology changes nothing
- As defined by Jim Collins, technology is an accelerator and not a creator of momentum or change
- The real questions: “what do we want to achieve?” and “what are we really accelerating?”
Number Two: technology can enable innovation in all subject and career areas
- in English, Social Studies, Math, Science, World Languages, and PE
- In colleges and universities
- In careers and workplaces
Number Three: we must model and actively engage students in a broader discussion of ethical, safe and academically valuable uses of technology.
- Students’ self-taught uses are often naive and simplistic
- This engagement affects character development and lifelong learning
I would like to think that all educators could agree with the points above, unless a position is taken that “technology is too dangerous or distracting or a passing fad,” which I believe most feel are all inaccurate. In addition to being an accelerator, I believe technology is an amplifier, meaning that our intents may be even more noticed when technology is integrated, so I would suggest a safer course is to make sure our intents and objectives are worthwhile before plugging into a massive amplifier (like this seven-year old blog).
Next, I’ll post what I think are the three core objectives of a 1:1 program. The above points are what I believe should be common ground.