I was super excited to have the opportunity to present a Keynote at the Infusion, 2011 Conference in North Bay this weekend. Being a “northern girl”, it felt like I was coming home to the Great White North. But far beyond connecting with the North again, it allowed me to share a little bit of what I love doing most… working with aspiring teachers, and sharing experiences of what I have learned in the classroom, through my connections with kids.
The framework for our presentation (co-developed with @benhazzard) focussed on thinking about the infusion of technology into your classroom following a gear-system approach of:
1. Think it – What is your key learning purpose? How do you plan on infusing this technology to meet with your pedagogical purpose and student learning goals?
2. Find it, Bring it – If you don’t have access to your “ideal piece of technology that you envision”, what could you use instead?
3. Try it – It’s ok to learn as you go, and yes, it can be messy! – try it, refine it, try it, refine it, try it, refine it … just keep trying it!
4. Learn it – Reflect on what works and what needs to be tweaked. And start the process again.
The essence of the gear framework is that you can jump in at any point. And the turning of one gear, builds momentum in the other gears and allows the learning process to unfold.
So as you reflect on the pedagogy behind one piece of technology you are currently using in the classroom … forget about the shiny features of this technology … What purpose is it serving in your classroom?