Looking through a new frame: Technology Rich & Innovation Poor

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Alan November has a excellent post at his site, November Learning, in which he explores the confusion between technology rich and innovative poor schools. He identifies several key questions to use as reference points to determine your own or your school’s level of true innovation.

“Test your own level of innovation.  If you answer no to all Six Questions when evaluating the design of assignments and student work, than chances are that technology is not really being applied in the most innovative ways. The questions we ask to evaluate implementation and define innovation are critical.

(Beyond SAMR: Special note to those of you applying SAMR. Many educators who believed their assignment to be at the highest level of SAMR have discovered that the answer can be NO to all six of the transformation questions.)

Transformational Six

  1. Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
  2. Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
  3. Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?”

Read the entire piece here.


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