A group of technology integration specialists from our supervisory union, plus some other key critical friends are participating in a MOOC together for the next 8 weeks, called Digital Learning Transition. Here’s a link to the MOOC .
We spent some time together in a Google Hangout last week discussing and filling out the self-assessment for our team. We had very rich discussions about what is and is not happening in our supervisory union. At the heart of the matter is student-centered learning. It’s a key component of our tech plan and those of other districts in Vermont as well. Yet, who has had the discussion about what IS student-centered learning? Have our superintendents and curriculum coordinators? Have our principals?
Our teachers are being asked about whether or not this is a focus, yet do they know what it is? Do we have a shared definition? How do we help clarify that for all audiences, provide examples so that it’s not confused with differentiated learning, and provide support and professional development? Who takes the lead on this?
I wonder about a few things… I believe in student-centered learning, at least as I understand it. I see the value of passion-based learning, problem-based learning, and place-based learning as well. But in these times of data driven instruction and new assessments and standards, how will we or can we allow for the 3 PBLs to happen?
How are other schools already succeeding?