Sunday, September 28, 2014

Curriculum vs Technology

(Part of @teachthought 30-day Reflective Teaching Blogging Challenge) more info here.

Day 28 ~ "Your thoughts: Should Technology drive the curriculum or vice versa?"

Curriculum is the cornerstone of what students need to know, learn, and be able to do during the course of their instruction in a class or during a school year. Although materials and instruction change depending on teacher, school, district, or state, all students have academic standards and objectives to meet based on the curriculum that is adopted for their grade level or course.

Technology is ever changing. New ideas, apps, websites, and devices are being developed and purchased for schools across the country. Some students are able to have easy access to technology, and others do not. Some students have technology access only at school, where other students have multiple devices between their home and school environments. Technology can allow students to be able to show what they know, learn, and are able to do in a multitude of ways. Therefore, technology is a way for students to learn as well as to show what they have learned in their curriculum.

If one has to drive the other, then curriculum would need to drive technology. Above all, teachers need a clear vision of where students need to be and options (including technology) for the ways to get them there successfully.

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