The primary message we attempt to send to everyone we talk with about our initiative is the potential for true student centered learning as a result of our 1:1 iPad initiative. While this post is centered on the idea of student centered learning, it’s important to note that our complete message includes a focus on the benefits of incorporating the use of technology for staff learning as well. The idea of staff centered learning provides the same benefits for staff as student centered learning does for students.
In the “old” model of instruction, the teacher is seen as the sole provider of knowledge and students are seen as passive participants. This passive model of instruction sends the message to students that the path to learning involves nothing more than sitting and listening. We must realize that the path to deep learning and understanding should place the learner in the role of an active participant actively seeking, interpreting, analyzing and applying information. Clearly, when we follow an active, student centered model we are actually teaching students the process of acquiring new knowledge or “learning”. Teaching students how to learn is so much more valuable than teaching them information. I’m very excited about the future of education because I’ve observed how this shift has benefited our students. As we all become more adept at utilizing this incredible tool for providing anywhere/anytime learning opportunities, the development of lifelong learners will be a dream finally realized.
Fred Z. Sitkins
Elementary School Principal
Boyne City, MI