Tech Integration Intent…Something to Consider

Tech Integration Intent…Something to Consider

I shiver when I hear the sole intent of integrated technology is to raise test scores. It is unfortunate for in that goal the power is misplaced. Educational value is found in the opportunity to collaborate, the opportunity to create, and the opportunity to connect for a purpose. Those who integrate technology for the purpose of raising test scores likely will be disappointed. Those who place value in people and opportunity and learning and collaboration and creation…will be inspired. We all must seriously consider what we want, what employers/colleges want, and how that aligns or misaligns. We all must seriously consider what we value.

Forbes staff writer, Susan Adams, reported findings from National Association of Colleges and Employers in The Ten Skills Employers Want in 20-Something Employees. Examining the ten skills employers desire, I considered how technology integration for a learning purpose can help and is helping develop the desired skills.

The Ten Skills Employers Want…

The Ten Skills Practiced Daily/Weekly/Monthly with Tech Integration

1. Ability to work in a team Collaborating on a Google document, group planning a project, gaming in the classroom
See: Article students collaborate across five districts to create 9/11 video
See: Post about students celebrating reading


2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems

Creating code for an app or game, designing games that work to solve the worlds’ issues
See: Word11Kids Students used design thinking to solve world problems writing and creating a       solution, and shared their ideas with a global audience gathering at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
See: Post-students set out to change the world


3. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work

Using a Google calendar to prioritize and plan, storyboarding to plan a stop motion video, implementing an idea to scale
See: Class orchestrates a flour drop from an airplane…must read to understand
See: Class creates choose your own adventure stories


4. Abiilty to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

Skype conferencing with professionals, Twitter conversations with educators and schools internationally, Google Hangout on Air
See: Harlan Institute Fantasy Supreme Court League, IA students debate case with students in TX in front lawyers on the East coast.
See: World Read Aloud Day class connects with NASA


5. Ability to obtain and process information

Effective use of online search to find  best information including primary source documents, people connected to what is researched-annotating information, reflecting, and sharing with Diigo group. Using Google+ connecting and learning from others
See: Love Takes Root student connects reading to need, to local organization, researches, serves a mission
See: Elementary StopMotion video to showcase understanding


6. Ability to analyze quantitative data

Creating and implementing polling to support action research using and Google forms and spreadsheets to analyze information collected, scientific research
See: Physics/Calculus-Students making trebuchets using numerous technology tools to design, modify, record data


7. Technical knowledge related to the job

Reading blogs and articles posted by professionals in the field using Feedly, following professional in the field on Twitter, FB…creating and publishing screencasts explaining the how of something
See: Kid Wind Challenge -Students designing turbines


8. Proficiency with computer software programs

Empowering support with a professional learning network-if you do not know how to use something, someone you can access will, student tech groups supporting teachers integrating technology
See: Student creates app for school


9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports

Publishing writing online for an authentic audience using a blog, a website, a vlog, a podcast.
See: Inspirational and informative, Kid President


10. Ability to sell and influence others

Having a Youtube channel with productions including Public Service Announcements related to a subject of interest. Creating personal webpages that showcase work whether it be art, craft, trade
See: ISLI Iowa Student Learning Institute-student created conference empowering student voice
See: Blog Student writing connected to their experience with their personal business


The success or failure with technology should not be determined by how students do on (insert standardized assessment). Our success should include what students do with (insert learning, technology) to better the lives of others. Our success should include how students are using (insert learning, technology) to create, to share, to collaborate, to connect,  and to discover. And all of that-creating, sharing, collaborating, connecting, discovering-is not measured on (insert standardized assessment).