Questions for Teaching with Technology

Decorative: "Teaching with technology" written  in front of a bank of computers


"6 Essential Questions that Will Help You Create Quality Teaching" (web page; dead link but the information below remains useful) interrogatively proposes clearly assessable standards for "what we think of as innovative teaching in regards to technology."

  • "Called 'The Transformational Six,' these essential questions ... can serve as one powerful set of standards for creating quality teaching":

1. "Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?"

  • "We can't forget our responsibility to prepare students to be critical thinkers in the Age of the Internet."
  • "This means learning the discipline of how search engines work and the creativity of designing a powerful query."

2. "Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?"

  • "With access to the world, there's the opportunity to teach students to ask questions we could never ask in the limited world of paper."

3. "Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?"

  • "Using tools or exercises to see how a [student] is thinking - and help him or her to see it too - can be transformational."

4. "Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?"

  • "Students are living in a global world."
  • "Are we really helping them to connect and understand?"

5. "Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (i.e. is it purposeful work)?" 

  • "Just as we want purpose in our work, so too do students."
  • "When we move education into the real world, we can ignite authentic and lasting learning." 

6. "Does the assignment demo 'best in the world' examples of content and skill?" 

  • "Are we showing students what's possible?"
  • "Super-star accomplishments in sports and other arenas often inspire us."
  • "Why not in school too?"
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