In my conversations with teachers and with students, I'm always drawn towards an apparent disconnect between what teachers feel is good classroom technology use - what the students need, how the material needs to be taught - and what students feel is good use - what they'd really like to see with technology in the classroom.
My administration recently gave me permission to pull together a small student panel to address this issue. The students will be a representative group of the various demographics we have - advanced and on-level; males and females; high and low GPAs; races and nationalities; etc. I'd like to find out from students 1) what teachers are doing right regarding their use of classroom technology; 2) what teachers are doing wrong; and 3) what more could be done.
Right now, my list of questions is as follows:
- What should "students using technology in the classroom" look like?
- What are some examples of ways teachers have used technology in the classroom that you like? (You are engaged, you find the lesson interesting, etc.)
- What are some examples of ways teachers have used technology that they think you like but you don't?
- What are some examples of ways technology should be used for learning?
- What technology do you use outside of school that would be good for the classroom? Why?
- What can technology do for you to make you more successful in school and once you graduate?
- How does technology in high school look different than it did in middle school? How are your teachers using it differently?
Is this a comprehensive enough list? Are there other questions I should be asking them? I'd appreciate some comments and feedback.
Once the panel convenes and I have some results, I'll post them here.