As Centerburg continues to explore how to leverage technology to support student learning I thought it would be helpful to share some thoughts from another administrator who gets it right. Chris Lehmann, Principal at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia often states that,
"Technology in schools must be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary and invisible."
He recently wrote a series of blog posts explaining what he means by this statement. I have had the opportunity to see presentations by Chris regarding this topic and see it in action in his school. That is why I believe you should read:
Ubiquitous - "But when it is ubiquitous, it becomes a part of who we are and how we learn."
Necessary - "Technology becomes necessary when students see it as vital to the way
they learn, when they cannot imagine doing the work without it."
Invisible - "The idea that technology must be invisible in school is simply this:
Using technology to inquire, to create, to share, to research, to learn
is not and should not be notable anymore. It should simply be a matter
If you look closely at his words his vision for what school should is very clear. As we plan for the future, technology will play an important role but creating the best learning opportunities will always be our focus.
Do you agree?