We have had the technology for quite some time to provide students with a curriculum specialized for their abilities and interests. It is time to re-think the classroom.
We must begin “…shifting from digitizing traditional processes to thinking about how to completely reinvent learning through technology “ (Culatta, 2013, 14:08).”
Using Technology to Change the way we Teach and Learn
The technology does exist to give each student a curriculum of their own. Not all nine year olds have the same capacity for math, just as all 14 year olds do not have equal abilities in language arts. As a consequence, some students are bored while waiting for other students to catch up. Other students work as hard as they can to catch up, while the class has moved on and left them behind. There is a better way.
Richard Culatta, who headed the technology division of the Department of Education during the Obama administration, sums this topic up well: He advocated for educators to begin
“…shifting from digitizing traditional processes to thinking about how to completely reinvent learning through technology “(Culatta, 2013, 14:08).
Culatta, R. (2013) Reimagining learning [Video]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uAuonMXrg&t=31s
Here are some examples of what I am talking about: