If quality teaching is the transformation of content, then how do we achieve that? How do we change the shape of our content?

I suppose in many ways, the things we’re studying at here in COETAIL are helping us answer this question. Specifically, we’ve looked at how information has been changing and continues to change and transform how we interact with the world. Siemen’s theory of connectivism illustrates well how the world and education has evolved. Keeping this in mind, if we design meaningful learning experiences that help make the world a better place, perhaps, then we might transform our content.

But, how?

First, let’s look at tech integration , or as @jutecht puts it embedding tech

There are several theories and frameworks for using technology in education.

I like this one the best because it was inspired by Van Halen, and it’s easy to understand:

In Sonny’s explanation of the framework he illustrates the different elements of each domain. He looks at his learning of playing guitar. Simply put, as a beginning guitarist, he was able to play tunes around a campfire. He was playing the “same old songs” (translational). Was he playing something new (transformational)? Or could create something completely his own (Like Van Halen) and reach the transcendental level?

With that, we look at teaching and technology.

To get to that transcendental level, we can go back and look at some of the things we’ve discussed here in COETAIL – students geeking out , student centered, flipped classroom, etc.

Using this T3 framework to explore my own experiences in teaching students, I, sadly, believe that I’ve never taken students even to the transformational level. There are a few reasons that I’ve failed to do this… Namely, I didn’t know what was I doing. Book reviews on a blog is hardly transformational. Was making a book review, using iMovie transformational? Maybe. Looking at T3 that would be considered Production.

Regardless of my failure/inability to transform (Or even better transcend), I want to devise ways I will succeed in the future.

As I begin to think about leaving the library and going back into the classroom, I will keep these ideas at the forefront:

  1. Technology is not just a tool – it’s where we hang out, discuss, etc.
  2.  If I really want to engage students, I’ll need not be afraid of linking video games


3. Augmented Reality will help engage, if not transform learning experiences

4. No need to reinvent the wheel. Connect and learn with teachers who are already doing this.

Tech integration/embedding of technology can help us transform our content, even reaching transcendental levels. As we all know, though, using it to just use it means nothing. We’ve got to listen  and still bring our spirit. Transformation requires spirit… the tech can help.




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2 Responses to Transformers

  1. Ryan Harwood says:

    I have to admit the Van Halen link was what hooked me on the T3 Framework as well. From there it seems like a pretty solid plan for integration though. I look forward to continuing to explore its ins and outs in the future.

    Great, honest reflection on your own practice. Its the best way to grow!

  2. Wow, the T3 framework webinar was amazingly informative and really got me thinking about my school – where we are in time and place. It is very thought provoking to look the positive impact technology has on education, if indeed it actually is a positive intervention. The impact of technology is .34…. something that hasn’t changed in the last 50 year!!! OMG – how can this be the case? Should we just give up now? Or should everyone in my school be doing course 4 of this COETAIL course and we can really start to reflect on how the tools we are using in our classrooms and their impact of student engagement. Let’s hope that technology isn’t just a long standing novelty…

    Thank you for this BLOG – it has opened my mind to thinking about how we can use the Van Halen effect in our classrooms.


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