July 6, 2005

Reflection on... Equity Revisited

This article was a great follow-up to my last article that focused on equal access to quality technology. With evidence of accessibility increasing, this article explores the importance of what we do with the technology. What she found was that project-based learning is a great way to incorporate technology while also making sure that you are doing what you should be doing with the technology. Project-based learning includes: “a driving question, construction and presentation of an artifact, collaborative research over an extended period of time, community of inquiry, use of technology-based cognitive and communication tools”. This in effect takes care of the most important factors that this author found in educational goals with technology. The goals are to build on what the students already know, use technology to assist in communicating and understanding, and also present the product to an outside audience. Everyone has heard the first and the last goal, but the one that now has to be heard by everyone is the middle one. I wish schools weren’t so focused on increasing test scores instead of focusing on innovative methods like project-based learning.

Posted by smock003 at July 6, 2005 3:44 PM