Friday, April 7, 2017

Have Silicon Valley Teachers Using Technology Daily Altered Their Classroom Practice? (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Have Silicon Valley Teachers Using Technology Daily Altered Their Classroom Practice? (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

Have Silicon Valley Teachers Using Technology Daily Altered Their Classroom Practice? (Part 1)

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In 2016, after I observed and interviewed 41 Silicon Valley teachers in various schools and districts identified by policymakers and principals as exemplary in integrating technologies into their daily lessons, I asked these teachers three questions: Has your teaching changed since you have begun regular use of laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards, etc. in your lessons? If yes, in what ways? If no, why not?[i]
Of the 41, I had answers to the question from 37 teachers (90 percent) spread across all levels and academic subjects. Four teachers did not respond to my follow-up email requests. Of the 37 who responded in interviews and emails to the questions I asked, 65 percent (N=24) said that their teaching had definitely changed in how they managed and taught lessons.
Here are typical “yes” responses.
Brendan Dilloughery is a veteran teacher of nearly a decade in international schools in Ecuador, Switzerland, and elsewhere. He is in his second year at Mountain View High School teaching geometry and computer science.
The integration of technology into the classroom has definitely affected my teaching. The most notable changes are: distribution of and access to course resources, interactive activities that give immediate feedback and facilitating collaboration.
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