Saturday, June 29, 2013

15 Mistakes With Technology and Learning

The linked post shares 15 Mistakes You Are Probably Making With Technology and Learning. It is a provocative list -- one sure to generate discussion with colleagues.

Let's see what you think of this list. Here are a couple discussion questions for this post, ones which may be answered as a reply to this post:

1. Which item on this list is the most difficult to avoid? Why?
2. Are there times on this list with which you disagree? If so, why?
3. Choose one item on the list. How would your classroom change if you changed your approach to that item?

Let's share and learn together!


  1. Probably guilty of most of them at one time or another - some more than others. However, I think that the main cause is #13 "Teacher thinks forward, not backward.". Obviously there is always a goal to be met, but it is too easy for me to jump back to step one and move from there. Why? It was the way I was taught and how I was taught to teach, oh so very long ago :D. However, I find by doing that, it is too easy to dictate the process, step by step, thereby taking too many unnecessary side trips. The result is a teacher directed project rather than making technology an available tool for the student to reach the goal. It takes problem-solving out of the learning process.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wendy. A follow-up question: How can we best support and encourage each other in making sure we are making the effort to think forward and not backward?

  3. Good question. I hope that education courses are teaching students how to plan using backward design. It makes so much sense, that it is embarrassing to think that I have only done so in recent years and then I need to remind myself at times. I think our schools need to have workshops to help teachers understand what backward design is (I can almost guarantee you that many have no idea what it is) and secondly, how to go about planning. The more I continue to define what it is my students are to learn, and then write my assessments/rubrics before writing the actual unit plan, the easier it becomes.

  4. The backward design is student-centered where traditional instructional models are more teacher-centered.