Task First, Tech Second.

Read him. Read him all. Jeff posted the Dan Meyer video that everyone, math teacher or not, should have already seen. If you were late getting on the train, welcome aboard – you’re in for a treat. On his blog, Dan models what every teacher should try and emulate; making genuine, real life connections between their students’ lives and their content. And he does it with tech, when it maximizes the benefit to student learning.

But wait. Some of Dan’s best lessons come in his “tech contratrianism” tagged articles. It’s in these articles that he makes clear, among other things, this hierarchy:

tech done well > no tech > tech done poorly

Unfortunately the bulk of lessons seem to be skewed towards the right. We know that tech is changing the landscape of teaching and learning, but how do we leverage it effectively? I guess I’m in COETAIL to try and figure that out.

Final Thought. We need to be careful as ed-technophiles that we keep the learning goals of our students in the forefront of our mind. The landscape may be changing due to tech, but the overarching goal of school is not. We need to be asking ourselves “can tech make this better?” rather than “how can I shoehorn this new cool app or gizmo into my content?”

One Reply to “Task First, Tech Second.”

  1. I completely agree with this:

    tech done well > no tech > tech done poorly

    I also think, however, that tech done poorly can often lead to tech done well with proper reflection, collaboration, and support. Too many teachers (at least in my environment) are afraid to try to integrate tech into their classrooms because they are afraid of failing. There is a bit of risk-taking involved, which I also feel is important to model for our students.
    When we ask the question, “can tech make this better?”, the answer, I find, is typically, “yes.” I think that the harder question is, “How can tech make this better and how can I ensure that we do it well in my classroom?”

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