Guiding Principles for Using Technology
Ultimate Goal: enhance student learning.
Technology should be used to:
1. Address worthwhile science in ways that are pedagogically appropriate.
2. Make scientific views more accessible.
3. Enhance another teaching strategy.
4. Provide tools that facilitate and enhance instruction through improving data collection, visualization of abstract phenomena, and simulations of experiments that would otherwise be impossible in school classrooms.
5. Help students explore topics in more depth and in more interactive ways.
6. To promote more student-centered, inquiry-based learning.
7. Facilitate communication and collaboration.
8. Allow students to explore data, make predictions, and form conclusions.
9. Guide student discovery.
10. Prepare students to be competitive and successful with the digital revolution.
11. Transform the ways that teachers teach and students learn.
12. Enhance scientific understandings through imagery and visualization.
13. Stretch the boundaries of what is possible in the science classroom.
14. Engage student participation and interest.
Examples of how to use technology to create new and different learning experiences for our students:
• Allow students to learn from people they never would have been able to without the technology.
• Allow students to interact with information in a way that is meaningful and could not have happened otherwise.
• Allow students to create and share their knowledge with an audience they never would have had access to without the technology.
• Push students and the teacher to new heights, new learning, and new knowledge.