The History of Technology Labs…

Look Familiar? Technology Labs of the past…

I guess the questions that I have are; Are we doing things differently? How has teaching and learning changed over the past 100 years? Has it? Who is in control of the learning? Who is driving the curriculum?

Is this REALLY any different? My OLD technology lab…with faculty members.
1st Graders use the Idea Wall to learn about the human body
4th Graders collaborate and learn about the branches of government
4th Graders collaborate and learn about the branches of government

Traditionally, classrooms look fairly similar and function the same way. Teacher at the front, students facing him/her for direct instruction, there might be some interaction and discussion, students may collaborate on a directed task, they are given a time limit, and finally, they submit their work. I often wonder if we realize that teaching hasn’t really changed over the years…but learning has! Children today are wired differently. They are information seekers, collaborators and creators. Are we allowing them to do that with the tools that they know? It’s almost as if children are taking a step back in time as soon as they enter a school.

What are you doing to make learning relevant and dynamic?


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