Independence of Achievement

Let us imagine a Middle School that really achieves the goals of all students gaining competencies in basic Office and Internet skills, as well as introducing them to multimedia processing and programming. The basics are covered, and the “vertical” opportunities are touched upon.

This is an interesting achievement in itself, since this list of proficiencies is at or even greater that of those of many new teachers.

With this foundation, what are the goals of the Upper School? To build on this foundation is to use the competencies where useful, but the vertical opportunities exist and they are ready. Is it possible that the new objective is to enable students to use technology in ways beyond the capabilities of their teachers?

Even in my Film and Video class, I normally have at least some students move beyond my own competency level with Final Cut Express. In fact, I see even higher percentages of students are capable of this.

I know these are basic questions. In fact, K-12 education itself could be seen as a “march” to greater independence. Why not with technology as well? But how does this look to US teachers, and what are their roles in enabling students to “own” their own tools and processes and products?

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