|Linux 2012 Work Report|
Isn’t it amazing that self-directed learning is one of the key ways folks learn more in this report? Isn’t self-directed learning, which some may characterize as personalized learning? Could choosing the right technology tool to implement in your school district help students be more self-directed learners?
Saugus Union School District (SUSD) has earned a reputation as a leader in utilizing technology — including Web 2.0, social networking tools, and Linux open source software — to maximize education opportunities. One program that Jim Klein, SUSD’s director of information services & technology, is particularly proud of is the Student Writing Achievement Through Technology Enhanced Collaboration (SWATTEC), a recently completed two-year pilot involving all 1700 of the district’s fourth grade students. The program targeted writing, information literacy, and Internet skills with help from one-to-one netbooks.
The overall vision of the SWATTEC program was, “To select and use technology to support the achievement of the instructional goals of the District and to support the preparation of students to live and work in the 21st century.” It was determined that writing was an ideal area to address with the fourth graders; after spending grades 1-3 learning to write the students were ready to start writing to learn. Based on the belief that “writing is the key to learning in all subjects,” the goal was to encourage students to write and to share what they wrote with the community and especially with their peers.
We are a 1A district with Google Apps for both students and staff. I am interested in Chromebooks and would like to talk with anyone who has some experience (I know they are new). Our goal is to engage students, move content and creation online, and to integrate technology. We are not trying to go 1:1, but we are looking to augment as we dip our toe in the wonderful waters of BYOT.
Unless it is web-based, no etextbooks
Will Chrome as an OS stick around? (very mixed reviews on that)
I know we can buy netbooks for less but they have much more admin cost (not a deal breaker though)
As much as I’ve enjoyed Google’s Chromebook CR-48, in the short space of time that I was able to load Lubuntu 11.04 on it, I found it remarkably improved. Simply, Chrome OS just doesn’t do everything I need it to do. I have to be careful, though, that I don’t generalize and say that MY dis-satisfaction with Chromebook would be true of students and staff.
Some may argue that Linux is so yesterday, that the App Economy–read TechNet’s report on the App Economy–is where it’s at. In the end, we have to ask ourselves, which tools allows for the most open-ended learning and development? Which tech tools in schools allow children time to explore, to be self-directed learners, engaging in personalized learning that prepares them for a competitive job market?
Update: I’m including Stephen Downes’ comment in this blog entry by way of correction and food for thought, highlighting the relevant part
Miguel Guhlin writes, “Isn’t it amazing that self-directed learning is one of the key ways folks learn more in this report? Isn’t self-directed learning (what) some may characterize as personalized learning? Could choosing the right technology tool to implement in your school district help students be more self-directed learners?”
No doubt, but let me take this opportunity once again to sistinguish between personal learning and personalized learning: – ‘personal learning’ is when you create your own learning – self-directed learning is the typical instantiation of personal learning – ‘personalized learning’ is when someone else creates some standard learning, and then tailors it (‘personalizes’ it) for you.
Companies can sell you ‘personalized’ learning, but only you can produce personal learning. Schools, as well, allow very little ‘personal learning’ (though they might make some time for personalized learning). That makes all the difference in the world!
Source: Stephen Downes, OLDaily
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