A few years back, I grew frustrated with conversations about the role that technology should play in the classroom. What bugged me was the tendency of teachers to try out new tools without carefully thinking about good teaching. After all, until we know WHAT we want our students to know and be able to do -- and have a strong sense for WHY those skills matter -- choosing the right technology to introduce to our kids is truly pointless.
So I created this image, which is designed to specifically challenge teachers to think about the instructional technology choices that they are making.
Since then, this image has been shared almost 40,000 times. It has also been published in countless books, blog posts and newspapers. The simplicity of the graphic resonates with readers and starts tons of conversations.
Consider printing it out and using it as a reminder when you are trying to decide how to use technology in your own classroom. Or better yet, print it out and post it all over your school in order to start your own in-house conversations about the work that we are doing with technology in our classrooms.