Educators must be employ technology to its best advantage to enhance, extend and expand learning for students; to develop students’ curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills. Otherwise the education is preparing students for 1986.
Of course we need to gather data about a student’s understanding of concepts at the moment of learning. That’s really not news if you are a thinking, feeling, caring educator. What was so interesting about Bernajean’s work is her focus on assessing student interest and reflection.
In my 20+ years in education, we’ve spent an awful lot of time focusing on “training teachers to use technology”. As if we just have them sit in a room long enough listening to step by step directions, it’ll transform their classrooms. My guess is that’s not going to work out if it hasn’t in the last 20 years! What I have found is that coaching is a much better way to lead transformational changes in teaching and learning with technology.