Where is the button for critical thinking?

Theories of action help us to think deeply about our approaches to innovation.  I’ll share a tool I use with school leaders to help flesh out the nuts and bolts of instructional technology program implementation.

At a high level, we generally want similar things from our technology:  greater student engagement, opportunities for critical thinking and creativity,  evidence of deeper inquiry, and hopefully, quick and measurable results.

These can remain affective and intangible representations without some intentional goal-setting.  Part of setting goals involves the question, “What will change, or needs to change, in order for technology to help with engagement, critical thinking, etc.?”

Since technology integration relies on new design (e.g. lessons designed to incorporate digital resources) and new habits (e.g. providing students with process time and opportunities to engage with content in new ways), I find it helpful to identify the behavior necessary to accomplishing these activities.

To get us there, I use a scope and sequence tool that helps to name and frame new behaviors/actions that both teachers and students can engage with in order to measure progress.

This tool is just a starting point for mapping new activities to an entire site or district.   I use an extended version of this to align CCSS and NETS.  Of course, this is the easy part.  The next steps involve efforts to build these new skills into the minds and practice of faulty.  That is also where some very fulfilling and meaningful work starts!

I hope you find this resource helpful.  Please click here to download a working copy of this template.

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Technology Integration Staff Development Planning Template by Alan Gwynn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://www.forgeintegration.com/_blog/The_Forge/post/where-is-the-button-for-critical-thinking/.

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