Our educational system has devoted much effort, time and money to make our schools technology-prepared. We have:
But many schools have failed to actually integrate that technology, to scaffold and unleash student potential to create, evaluate and synthesize the wealth of information available to them. Many teachers assign tasks for students that do not make use of the ultimate power the Internet holds. Adequate evaluation of the quality of student use of technology is often lacking or non-existent.
Teachers may not realize the significant impact student assignments can have with slight-but-significant redesign. Technology allows for the creation of learning tasks that were previously inconceivable. Now we can move away from traditional content mastery to student-centered, higher-order, tech-integrated learning.
As the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model demonstrates, most of us are presently integrating the technology at the lowest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and not accessing the true power of the higher levels.
AwesomeStories AssigmentMaker has the power to make student assignments that lead to critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of information while giving students the stage in AwesomeStories StoryMaker to express their original thoughts, concerns, arguments or criticisms of the facts they uncover using the AwesomeStories Archive of Primary Sources.
Using the tools of AwesomeStories, to redesign traditional assignments, propels students to:
That is the very definition of 21st Century learning.
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