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You Say You Want Tech Standards? Here Come the NITS!

Session 1
Gary S. Stager Ph.D., Martin Levins, Brian Smith — Constructing Modern Knowledge, The Armidale School - NSW Australia, Hong Kong International School

There are a lot of computers in schools, but not a lot of computing. The ISTE Nets and their state and local spawn offer an imagination-free vision of school technology use that hardly justifies the investment let alone realizes the potential of computers as intellectual laboratories or vehicles for self-expression. The current crop of technology standards form the basis, at best, for a form of “computer appreciation” being taught in school.

If school leaders demand them, we should offer tech standards worthy of our students based on powerful ideas and a commitment to teacher renewal. We must move beyond the trivial and use computers in a fashion consistent with modern knowledge construction. These new “standards” elevate school computing and challenge traditional notions of top-down schooling.

Let’s call them N.I.T.S. – New Intergalactic Technology Standards.

Gary and his virtual friends, Brian Smith in Hong Kong and Martin Levins in Australia, will share their recommendations for raising our standards to the level kids deserve. Educon participants can argue the merits of these goals and add their own. You should have a lot fewer meetings to attend when your superiors are afraid of our new standards. Standards, up yours! Everybody wins!

Conversational Practice

Presentation of new standards, the rationale for them and then the attendees will debate, improve and extend the standards.

One or two of the co-presenters will participate via videoconference.

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Brian C. Smith
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