This chapter really struck a nerve with me. Once again I find another author that is for technology in education proclaiming the downside to standardized testing. I am so frustrated that this is the direction technology integration has taken. The authors state that this emphasis on testing is totally against what technology integration should be……customization, interaction, and motivation. This is totally taking away the creative uses for technology that students long for and will prepare students for the 21st Century.
This week, in my classroom, I am making a stand to do what I have been reading about to integrate technology. I am walking away from the Pearson Bible of Teaching and teaching authentically and integrating some of the tools I have been researching. I have four students who are performed below benchmark on the last standardized test, and they are pulled out of my classroom for a total of 4- 5 hours every week to be retested or given a practice test. I am going to take a stand and have them stay with me, doing authentic learning. I have spent all afternoon looking at the standards that need to be taught this week and thinking of how I can use technology, cooking, real world examples, etc. to make my classroom alive this week.
I am not sure if that is what this chapter is describing for education of the future. But I do know that I don’t like the way my teaching of the present has been going this year, as I have been trying to follow rules based on getting the students to test well. My kids deserve to learn in a fun, motivating way. I have the tools. I am going to apply them AND cover the standards. hmmmm imagine that.