I believe technology may be used to develop students to their fullest potential. It will allow them to evolve into self-directed decision-makers, captains of their own learning, who may plan and execute their journeys in conjunction with others. Students will be autonomous but still part of a fleet of learners discovering new worlds.
For my seafaring learners, I will establish a web page, which will be a beacon of information; announcing upcoming events and enlightening students to possible hazards. Gaggle will function as our port where students will report daily for assigned missions. In addition, from this informational harbor, students may access the resources, tools, and links they will need in order to navigate the course successfully. Routines and protocol will be established to increase efficiency and allow students to function within and without the physical classroom. I will monitor progress and give feedback to keep them moving toward their destinations. Although some will steer a crooked course while other steer true, I will help them all to make landfall on their predetermined targets. Rather than act as the Admiral of the fleet; giving orders and directing ships, I will serve as a facilitator, constantly communicating with students and guiding them as if by satellite.
Students will adhere to the routines and protocol whether at school, in the field, or at home. Following these routes, they will check the class web page each day and begin without hesitation. The navigational charts, established earlier, will be in place for their utilization. Navigational instruments will include email, discussion boards, blogs, digital lockers, digital binders, and links to various web sites. As with any journey, students may reach a destination by following different routes. Some students will boldly lead the way while others follow in their wake; however, no student will remain lost for long or be left to languish in the doldrums. Repeated success and renewed focus will flow through the classroom. Global winds of change will fill the students’ sails and they will trim them proficiently; the regular bell schedule will become cumbersome, limiting their momentum like an unconfined anchor. They will choose to cut it free and learn outside the normal school day. The ballast of rules and consequences will remain reassuringly stowed, but seldom remembered. Students will undergo a sea change into the self-directed learners that were envisioned before they set sail.