The elementary school I work within is a LEED certified school. We have weekly announcements that educate us on environmentally friendly practices that we can participate in at school and at home. Since “reduce, reuse, recycle” is such a part of our vocabulary, I decided to create my own infographic using canva to make a related and memorable statement about how to begin integrating technology in a meaningful way. I based my three key words, “rethink, repurpose, reflect” off of the research I did over the past two weeks on Connectivism and TPACK. Teachers are so overwhelmed with new initiatives and technology integration that I decided to start small as I begin to think about how to introduce my vision as the new instructional coach who understands technology integration which was not a skill set of the previous coach. My study of learning theory and emerging technology has helped me synthesize the information into a bite-size chunk that hopefully takes hold with the professionals at our school.
One of the founders of Connectivism, Downes states,”to teach is to model and demonstrate, to learn is to practice and reflect.”
Rethink: This word was chosen to get teachers to rethink their lesson design and pedagogy. Sometimes technology drives the planning and sometimes technology gets inserted after the path to understanding the content is explored.
Matt Koehler, the creator of TPACK states, “Effective technology integration for pedagogy around specific subject matter requires developing sensitivity to the dynamic, transactional relationship between these components of knowledge situated in unique contexts.”
Repurpose: This word was chosen from my Connectivism research which emphasized that educators are using lots of technology that was never specifically designed for the classroom. Therefore, teachers need to have enough creativity and play time in order to envision how the tool or app or site can be repurposed for use in the classroom.
George Siemen’s said, “Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.”
Reflect: This word was chosen for its dual purpose in supporting the learning process for teachers and students. Here is a great video that merges Connectivism theory and TPACK principles that include reflection.
David Denton writes, “Finally, there are implications that relate to the discussions that educators are having about educational practice overall. Arguably, conversations relating to the standards movement have occupied a large portion of this discussion (Parkison, 2009; Ravitch & Chubb, 2009). Perhaps, further investigations relating to reflection will assist in realigning the content of these conversations toward significant ideas about teaching and learning. Arguably, the construct of reflection has the potential to assist in this process because it represents the human capacity for higher-level thinking and our ability to assign meaning to our experiences.”
In conclusion, the theoretical foundation and pedagogical practices espoused need to be a good fit for the professionals and existing culture within your environment. It is from there that any hope of adopting a progressive view about education can begin.