Curriculum 2.0 (beta)
It is getting close to the Learning 2.0 conference in Shanghai and I am becoming more and more excited to present the work that Justin and I have done in preparing what we believe is a new and better way to approach technology learning in schools – Curriculum 2.0.
Better than what?
Better than the incredibly thorough, but utterly oppressive I.T. scope and sequences or standards (or some other s-word) that have been the norm at schools.
Better than these documents that – rather than making technology integration accessible – serve to intimidate teachers and foster the counter-productive notion that talking about technology is for tech geeks and experts, thus eliminating it from the classroom.
Better than what we’ve done before and seen fail.
At least we think so.
Here’s the blurb on our workshop in Session 8, Sunday at 10:15 am (I’m not listed in the real program):
Information Technology Curriculum 2.0
By Justin Medved (and Dennis Harter)
At ISB, we believe that technology is a tool for learning. We believe that technology is used as a tool outside of formal schooling for communication, collaboration, understanding, and accessing knowledge. It is our goal in developing an integrated curriculum to ensure that the way students learn with technology agrees with the way they live with technology. At ISB we believe we must focus on the higher-order skills that are necessary for success in the 21st Century. These skills are not tied to any particular software or technology-type, but rather provide students with the opportunity to succeed no matter what their futures hold. In this session we will share our curriculum model and our implementation plan for the next three years.
It’s a work in progress, but it’s progress that we focus on.
We’d love your feedback, so if you are going to be there, hopefully you’ll attend and give us your thoughts.
If you are coming to Shanghai, introduce yourself here and we’ll meet again in a few days!
Looking forward to it.