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<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">We want our learners to know facts, to have skills and to be able to think - a perfectly proportioned (Vitruvian) Learner.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">I am preparing a new course on ICT* in Education. Most of the literature on this is depressing - no kidding. Everyone is still so enthusiastic about the <em><font color="#0000ff">future</font> </em>of ICT in education, but most admit that current integration has brought <strong><span style="color: #660000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"><em>no significant breakthroughs in student learning</em></span></strong>.<span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"> ARGH!</span></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">At the same time, I was just designing a set of math applets** for measuring angles with a protractor. This turns out to be an exercise for which there are many, many, many such programs available. <span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">ARGH!</span></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"></span>Of course, I think my applets are different - they will bring the breakthroughs. But why should they? For the moment, let's assume that magically my applets are loved and are being used in every classroom in the land ...</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt"><strong><em><font color="#008000">What about these applets might bring a breakthrough in student learning?</font></em></strong></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt; font-size: 1.1em; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS',Verdana"> To be effective:</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt 10px; font-size: 1.1em; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS',Verdana">The applet must be a <strong><em><font color="#993366">perfect proportion</font></em></strong> of facts, skills and logical thinking processes both <em><font color="#ff0000"><strong>required to</strong> use</font></em> and <em><font color="#0000ff"><strong>acquired from</strong> use </font></em>and</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• the required perfect proportion must apply to a large number of learners.</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• the acquired perfect proportion must apply to a large number of curriculum.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">One easy conclusion - the smaller and more focused the application - the better chance it has of meeting these requirements. Hence, applets and not mega applications probably are more practical.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Even more essential is <strong><font color="#006600"><em>communication with teachers</em></font></strong> because a teacher will not use ICT unless it can be used within the curriculum, i.e. within the framework of "this is what we know so far and this is our goal in this lesson".</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">So - just from the point of view of bringing a <strong><em><font color="#800080">breakthrough in learning</font></em></strong> - and before designing an applet, we must ask.</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What are the facts one needs to know to use and what facts will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What are the skills one needs to know to use and what skills will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What types of logical thinking process are required? What thinking processes will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Then: <strong><font color="#660000"><em>Do these answers fit a broad spectrum of learners and curriculum?</em></font></strong></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Yes? On to the next checklist ...</p>
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<p style="margin: 2pt 0pt 0pt">* <em>ICT</em>: Information and Communication Technology, sometimes just <em>IT</em>.</p>
<p style="margin: 2pt 0pt 0pt">** <em>applet: </em> A little application frequently run from a browser window with limited features that requires limited memory resources.</p>

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<p style="margin-top:6px">We all know the story about the kid who couldn't find Iraq on any map, but when asked to find Iraq on the Internet, the kid said "What kinda map ya want?". Oh cool - our kids are so smart. But is this the end of the story?</p>

<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Is it enough for our kids to be able to say "What kinda map ya want?" ?</span></li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px">I think not.</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The right idea:</span> As teachers, parents and citizens we complain our kids can't find Iraq on the map. Now, we are told that this is the wrong quiz question for this generation and - in fact - the wrong quiz question for any generation. I can find countries on a map; I can drag out my 35 year-old NG atlas and probably give you alot of information from it without even looking. But I will have to be very, very lucky if I can answer a real question with that information.</p>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li>Eureka! What we really need is <em>all kinds of maps at our finger-tips </em>so that we can find the right map that answers the question.</li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The (not-quite-whole) story:</span> Just yesterday my son needed to use the formula for the chemical process of a car battery. He could not understand the explanation in his textbook. It took us 5 minutes to find it online; we found several references so that he was able to confirm the formula (different from the incorrect/incomplete one in his textbook). Then he looked through the different explanations, printed out the one he could best understand, reread it, annotated it and started successfully solving the problems.</p>

<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li>Eureka! What we really need is a new technology so that <em>our kids will be able to quickly find all kinds of maps.
</em></li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The (not-quite-right) conclusion:</span> <strong><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"></span></strong></p>

<p style="margin-top:6px; margin-left:30px"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Our kids can find any map - hence they are learning the right stuff.</span></p>

<p style="margin-top:6px">Bad deduction - just the bad kind of mathematics I hate. No thinking involved!</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The real story:</span> Notice the "it took <strong>us</strong> 5 minutes to find it online". There is a whole story here (and many wasted hours and frustration) before <strong>we</strong> got to this point and it was me - the old lady teacher, with no knowledge at all about chemistry - that was able to get the right stuff and show him how to use it.</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px">Why? Because whatever and however I got it and whether it is library book or internet based -</P>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li> <em><span style="color: #0000ff">My education taught me the</span> <span style="color: #ff0000">thinking-steps</span> <span style="color: #0000ff">to use to get me </span> <span style="color: #ff0000">with confidence </span> <span style="color: #0000ff">from question to answer.</span>
</em></li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-top:6px">Neither question: "Where on the map?" and "What kinda map ya want?" is the right kind of education.</p>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li><strong><span style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; color: #660066">What we really want is to hear our kids say: "Yes! Here's the map I need!"</span></strong></li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-top:6px">If we are going to use ICT in Education then we must design and employ specific, step-by-step, ready-to-use, free stuff using technology that can help get our children get to this "Yes!".</p>
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<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">We want our learners to know facts, to have skills and to be able to think - a perfectly proportioned Vitruvian Learner.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">I am preparing a new course on ICT* in Education. Most of the literature on this is depressing - no kidding. Everyone is still so enthusiastic about the <em><font color="#0000ff">future</font> </em>of ICT in education, but most admit that current integration has brought <strong><span style="color: #660000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"><em>no significant breakthroughs in student learning</em></span></strong>.<span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"> ARGH!</span></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">At the same time, I was just designing a set of math applets** for measuring angles with a protractor. This turns out to be an exercise for which there are many, many, many such programs available. <span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">ARGH!</span></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"></span>Of course, I think my applets are different - they will bring the breakthroughs. But why should they? For the moment, let's assume that magically my applets are loved and are being used in every classroom in the land ...</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt"><strong><em><font color="#008000">What about these applets might bring a breakthrough in student learning?</font></em></strong></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt; font-size: 1.1em; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS',Verdana"> To be effective:</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt 10px; font-size: 1.1em; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS',Verdana">The applet must be a <strong><em><font color="#993366">perfect proportion</font></em></strong> of facts, skills and logical thinking processes both <em><font color="#ff0000"><strong>required to</strong> use</font></em> and <em><font color="#0000ff"><strong>acquired from</strong> use </font></em>and</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• the required perfect proportion must apply to a large number of learners.</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• the acquired perfect proportion must apply to a large number of curriculum.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">One easy conclusion - the smaller and more focused the application - the better chance it has of meeting these requirements. Hence, applets and not mega applications probably are more practical.</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Even more essential is <strong><font color="#006600"><em>communication with teachers</em></font></strong> because a teacher will not use ICT unless it can be used within the curriculum, i.e. within the framework of "this is what we know so far and this is our goal in this lesson".</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">So - just from the point of view of bringing a <strong><em><font color="#800080">breakthrough in learning</font></em></strong> - and before designing an applet, we must ask.</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What are the facts one needs to know to use and what facts will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What are the skills one needs to know to use and what skills will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 3px 20pt 0pt 30px; text-indent: -10px">• What types of logical thinking process are required? What thinking processes will be learned?</p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Then: <strong><font color="#660000"><em>Do these answers fit a broad spectrum of learners and curriculum?</em></font></strong></p>
<p style="margin: 6px 0pt 0pt">Yes? On to the next checklist ...</p>

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<p style="margin: 2pt 0pt 0pt">* <em>ICT</em>: Information and Communication Technology, sometimes just <em>IT</em>.</p>
<p style="margin: 2pt 0pt 0pt">** <em>applet: </em> A little application frequently run from a browser window with limited features that requires limited memory resources.</p>

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<p style="margin-top:6px">We all know the story about the kid who couldn't find Iraq on any map, but when asked to find Iraq on the Internet, the kid said "What kinda map ya want?". Oh cool - our kids are so smart. But is this the end of the story?</p>

<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Is it enough for our kids to be able to say "What kinda map ya want?" ?</span></li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px">I think not.</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The right idea:</span> As teachers, parents and citizens we complain our kids can't find Iraq on the map. Now, we are told that this is the wrong quiz question for this generation and - in fact - the wrong quiz question for any generation. I can find countries on a map; I can drag out my 35 year-old NG atlas and probably give you alot of information from it without even looking. But I will have to be very, very lucky if I can answer a real question with that information.</p>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li>Eureka! What we really need is <em>all kinds of maps at our finger-tips </em>so that we can find the right map that answers the question.</li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The (not-quite-whole) story:</span> Just yesterday my son needed to use the formula for the chemical process of a car battery. He could not understand the explanation in his textbook. It took us 5 minutes to find it online; we found several references so that he was able to confirm the formula (different from the incorrect/incomplete one in his textbook). Then he looked through the different explanations, printed out the one he could best understand, reread it, annotated it and started successfully solving the problems.</p>

<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li>Eureka! What we really need is a new technology so that <em>our kids will be able to quickly find all kinds of maps.
</em></li>
</ul>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The (not-quite-right) conclusion:</span> <strong><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"></span></strong></p>

<p style="margin-top:6px; margin-left:30px"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Our kids can find any map - hence they are learning the right stuff.</span></p>

<p style="margin-top:6px">Bad deduction - just the bad kind of mathematics I hate. No thinking involved!</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px"><span style="color: #006600; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">The real story:</span> Notice the "it took <strong>us</strong> 5 minutes to find it online". There is a whole story here (and many wasted hours and frustration) before <strong>we</strong> got to this point and it was me - the old lady teacher, with no knowledge at all about chemistry - that was able to get the right stuff and show him how to use it.</p>

<p style="margin-top:6px">Why? Because whatever and however I got it and whether it is library book or internet based -</P>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li> <em><span style="color: #0000ff">My education taught me the</span> <span style="color: #ff0000">thinking-steps</span> <span style="color: #0000ff">to use to get me </span> <span style="color: #ff0000">with confidence </span> <span style="color: #0000ff">from question to answer.</span>
</em></li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-top:6px">Neither question: "Where on the map?" and "What kinda map ya want?" is the right kind of education.</p>
<ul style="margin-top:6px">
<li><strong><span style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; color: #660066">What we really want is to hear our kids say: "Yes! Here's the map I need!"</span></strong></li>
</ul>
<p style="margin-top:6px">If we are going to use ICT in Education then we must design and employ specific, step-by-step, ready-to-use, free stuff using technology that can help get our children get to this "Yes!".</p>
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