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Monday I'm hosting Engchat. The slated topic Reading Amplified: Digital Tools that Engage Students in Words, Books and Ideas. The beautiful and brilliant, Meenoo Rami has been tweeting the usual Engchat reminders this week. A reply from Julie Balen got me thinking this morning. Integrating technology needs to be transformative. Balen is right. I want to share examples of such transformation, but I started small when I began to integrate technology.
Reading Amplified is not a book about sweeping projects or deep inquiry or solving world problems. Reading Amplified is more about reading instruction than technology. I would love to write about social justice and poverty and tap into Kiva.org to examine economics and have students micro-manage loans and build businesses. I can imagine that unit and how Nerdfighteria could help me craft it. Maybe next year. Adam Garry and Bill Ferriter, The Tempered Radical, do just that in Teaching the iGeneration, a book I highly recommend.
Reading Amplified isn't that book. It wasn't written for that audience. My audience teaches in schools that walk the line between Title I and everyone else. My audience teaches students whose parents probably did not go to college. My audience teaches students who have the lowest numbers in this study of Teens and Technology from the Pew Research Center.
My audience might not include you.
I didn't write the book for blog readers or blog writers. I didn't write the book for Tweeps or Facebook friends. I didn't write it for smart-phone wielding literacy leaders or ed-tech gurus. I didn't write the book for teachers who have websites or use wikis.I didn't write the book for professional development mavens or anyone who consults full or part-time. I did not write the book for my PLN.
I wrote the book for teachers, specifically, English, language arts and reading teachers. I wrote the book for teachers who have not had a tech-rich classroom or learning life. I wrote the book for teachers who are a little afraid of the brave new world. I wrote the book for teachers who think integrating technology has to be something complicated. I wrote the book, and created videos, for teachers who want to learn and need a place to start.
Really, if I'm being honest, teachers (and students) have to start somewhere. Isn't all learning transformative?
Simple tools new to the user transform the landscape.
* * *I'm doing a lot of thinking today about transformation and learning continuums. Where we do start when it comes to integrating digital tools? How do we help teachers who don't know how, begin? At what point do we become transformative? Those a few ideas we could chat up on Monday, but what would you like to talk about during Engchat? Tweet questions and ideas to @spillarke or begin in comments. We'll have an hour Monday evening to dig in and discuss.