What is Essential?

As I prepare for the first workshop session this evening, I’m thinking about a comment by Richard K a few posts back about “computer-centric” technology initiatives. As he stated well, there should be a learning objective or problem to be solved first– not just a tool that seems like it would be cool to use.

MS Laptop ObjectivesI was thinking it would be good to give my workshop participants some examples, and one that came to mind was a 2004 Visio that I developed with Brad Baugher about the essential objective of the Middle School laptop program. In one sentence, it was “Increase Student Focus on Higher Order Thinking Skills.” The chart then graphically displayed how the laptops could do that by improving equity of access and opportunity for computer-mediated or enhanced learning experiences in these areas. Of particular interest was the objective of organization skills, which were identified as a problem area for Middle School students.

Here’s a PDF copy of the chart:

MS Laptops Essential Objective

Now, back to tweaking my presentation materials and class activities.

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