I was sitting in a meeting today with some administrators, and we were discussing what we were looking for when we were looking for the thoughtful use of technology to support learning. What, we wondered, does the thoughtful use of digital tools for learning look like?
And that’s a good question to spend some time on. It was a good conversation.
But why do we always wonder about “digital” tools?1 What about the analog ones?
What does the thoughtful use of pens and pencils to support learning look like? How about the thoughtful use of sticky notes and index cards? What does/can/should that look like?
Seems to me the push to understand and separate digital tools from the analog ones can often confuse the real issue, the meaty question that is really the point of talking about iDevices, or tablets, or touchpads or whatever.
And perhaps exploring more familiar tools can help us get to the bottom of that in a better way.
That question is, of course, “What does learning look like?”
How do you know?
Defend your answer.
- Certainly, in the particular conversation I was in today, it was specifically about some new digital stuff. It made sense for us to focus on the digital. At least a little. But I’m wondering more broadly here. [↩]