The title of this post was quoted by Sonny Magana during his Youtube video explaining the T3 Framework. It stuck with me and instantly made me a fan of Magana’s 3 T’s, Translational, Transformation, and Transcendent. It’s an excellent concept and his framework makes up a great hierarchy which showcases how we can use technology to enhance student learning. In the past, I’ve only ever used The SAMR Model but, after spending some time looking at both the TPACK and T3 Framework I became enticed and a bit overwhelmed, wondering if one had any specific advantages over the other. Often in education, one can get easily acronym’ed to death.
So the question now becomes, what do you with all the tools to use to evaluate using technology (which is also a tool), to enhance student learning?
Let’s have a quick look at each one of our top three tech integration models and try to decide.
Here’s Ruben Puentedura, creator of SAMR
Now’s here’s TPACK explained in 2 minutes.
Finally, here’s a video of The T3 Framework for Innovation in Education explained in 5 minutes.
Notice anything? All three evaluation tools use the sum of their parts to take learner deeper, moving students from consumers to prosumers and from passive participators to creators and disruptive innovators. All three of these tools represent the same paradigm shift. Take your pick but understand that it’s the mindset that really matters.
Whats in a name?
So, thinking about the overarching idea we want to achieve when using technology in the classroom, I couldn’t help but get hung up on how many different ways we attempt to communicate the same thing. That thought brought me back to my school’s latest technology committee meeting where our focus mainly centered on us currently searching for the right name to coin our iPad program. Our philosophy is sound as is our purpose and procedures. We believe in SAMR, embrace the ISTE standards, and have aligned our curriculum with Common Sense Media, we just don’t have that one name to sum it all up nicely. As we all went back to the drawing board after our latest unsuccessful attempt, I couldn’t help but zoom out and think, “What’s in a name?” Now I didn’t exactly have Shakespear on the mind when reflecting on this, but instead, the abundance of acronyms already floating around in education today.
Upon further reflection, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the tech integration tools have a massive commonality. SAMR & TPACK and even T3, provide teachers with ways enhance learning in with technology. Although they’re different models, they all provide a roadmap for innovation and highlight the same big ideas,
promote student agency,
foster creativity and collaboration
and transform student learning.
Keeping learning at the forefront of the conversation allows us to view technology as a skill much like Jeff Utech mentions in his blog post.
Using the three higher order thinking skills, of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, create, evaluate, & analyze, below are some of the things I like to encourage my students to do when using technology:
- Create connections locally & globally to collaborate & give and receive feedback
- To become prosumers
- Produce content for an authentic audience
- Be media and digitally literate by critically navigating and interacting in the digital realm.
- Embody the ISTE Standards for Students
Edutopia does a wonderful job summing this up in this video.
“Roll Over Beethoven”
It was way back in September, during course one, when I was first introduced to Mark Pernsky’s article, Shaping Tech for the Classroom. I wrote about what he calls, “enlightened trial and error”, “dabbling”, & “doing old things in new ways.” You can go back and have a look at that post here.
In Pernsky’s article, he lays the groundwork for his views of technology in the classroom in his four-step process
- Doing old things in old ways.
- Doing old things in new ways.
- Doing new things in new ways.
Although I wasn’t around to witness it, this process seems to mirror exactly what Chuck Berry did with his guitar when he turned the music industry upside in the 1950’s. Much of what he did is nicely summarized in this article “What Chuck Berry Can Teach Us about Innovation” by Jim McCarthy. I think it’s safe to say that Chuck Berry was a disruptive innovator.
Just to be sure, let’s also cross-check them with those skills/ real life applications I listed above.
- Seek connections locally, and globally to collaborate, give and receive feedback
Chuck learned from and borrowed from others, such as T-Bone Walker. He sought out other successful people in his industry for help and advice, specifically Muddy Waters and Leonard Chess of Chess Records.
- To become prosumers
He created a hybrid from various influences, mixing blues and country music with an uptempo electrifying guitar sound that couldn’t describe. He experimented with different products and pivoted into new markets – think of it as modern day “app-smashing.”
- To have an authentic audience
- Be media and digitally literate
Sadly, Chuck Berry died a year ago today, on March 18, 2017, but his spirit lives on inside every disruptive innovator. So when I think about what I want my students to achieve when using technology in the classroom, yeah I think of all the acronyms, but mostly I think about redefinition, transformation, creativity and Chuck Berry.
Perhaps we should all learn to teach like Chuck Berry plays guitar.
How do you promote disruptive innovation in your classroom?
What are the challenges raised by teaching using SAMR , TPACK, or T3 as a tool for integrating technology?
What does technology integration look like in your classroom?