Technology uses magnify and makes visible all that is working about schools and all that needs to work better for learning. Bernajean Porter, 1997

Bernajean Cartoonized.pngTechnology accelerates something – What is the SOMETHING being targeted in your schools beyond access? Are your resources creating new stories or "decorating" the same story you have always had? Even knowing that the future aches for a new kind of learner, thinker, and problem-solver, all the dollars and time spent on techno gadgets still have changed little more than pockets of classrooms for our youth because many planning and school goals are organized around access rather than intentionally implementing high-yielding learning strategies.

After personally leading more than 2300 district technology impact audits, the message is clear ~ it’s NOT about hardware - it's about HEADWARE! The high return-on-learning [R.O.L.] comes from deliberately creating new stories celebrating cultures for curiosity and thinking!

Begin to Ask . . .

1. What are your present learning stories created with technology resources?

2. What stories would be considered "worth-the-resources" or providing high "return-on-learning" in your community?

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Take the Coding Challenge

1. Every use of technology is a "learning story."
2. At the end of this Joomag are three stories to sort into one of the three categories. How would you "code" these teacher uses of technology for learning? Literacy? Adapting? Transforming?
3. How would you "code" your own stories using technology?

*Bernajean's Learning [L-A-T] Spectrum for Technology Uses framework has been forged and used as dynamic planning, assessment, implementation and communication tools for schools since mid 1990's to activate the potential of technology resources. The pedagogical indicators used for L-A-T learning categories of technology uses embodies a field of instructional practices culled from well-respected educators, research and studies: Piaget, Bloom, Webb (DOK), Levin, A.C.O.T. Model, Beck/Riel, Wiggins, McKenzie, Costa's Habits of Mind; N.C.R.E.L.'s Engaged Learning Indicators, NETS•S, AASL's 21st Century Skills, and Common Core.