What does it look like to design rigorous learning experiences in your classroom? How can these experiences become “tech-rich” and high-quality? Well, I’m super excited to partner with the folks at McGraw Hill for a totally free webinar later this month to explore this very topic! Titled “Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom,” this webinar will focus on developing learning experiences that leverage the power of digital tools.
Here’s the official description of this month’s free webinar…
Effectively using Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, and other digital devices with students is so much more than downloading a long list of apps. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she provides tips and strategies on how to develop tasks for projects and assignments using Chromebooks, iPads, and other digital devices. Put the objective for the day front and center with Dr. Burns’ “ready for tomorrow” lesson ideas that use technologies to support and enhance learning activities in your 1:1 or limited technology classroom.
Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 3PM ET
A Tech-Rich Classroom
This webinar will highlight some of the big ideas and actionable tips I share in my book Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom. Here’s an excerpt from Tasks Before Apps:
When I first implemented a one-to-one iPad program in my classroom, all I could think about were apps. Was there an app that could solve this problem, fix this issue, help to do this? I thought I was on the hunt for the perfect app—but when students held those tablets in their hands, I quickly learned that I was really looking for much more than a single application.
Thoughtful technology integration that places “tasks before apps” should be a goal for all teachers designing learning experiences for their students. In beginning our journey, we must start by asking, What is the task? What are our expectations for the learners in our classroom? How will we help them explore the content we are charged with teaching?
Energizing Student Tasks
What does it mean to energize a task with technology tools? Effective use of technology in the classroom goes beyond introducing a new tool to grab the attention of students. Energizing a task with technology means you are breathing life into your classroom. You have identified what your students need to know and used technology tools to make their work relevant and meaningful. You are helping students develop skills used in all facets of their lives to prepare them for a world where problem-solving and communicating with digital tools is the norm.
To make student learning meaningful, we need to:
- Honor students as creators of content who apply what they learn in a relevant manner.
- Listen to students’ interests as we push them to wonder.
- Develop a community of active, supportive learners.
Now it’s time to dive into the world of creation, curiosity, and collaboration with both tasks and tech in mind!
This special webinar is free to attend, and I can’t wait for you to join in! Not sure if you can make it? Register using this link, and we’ll make sure to send you the link to the replay too!