Curriculum Using Technology

CUT: Curriculum Using Technology


Cut trainings integrate the H.E.A.T framework and the 4C’s in order to prepare teachers to be able to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. As teachers interact with technology and create lessons using the current technologies they have in their classroom, they are asked to consider these learning models in the process:


H.E.A.T

The H.E.A.T. framework emphasizes the integration of digital-age tools and instructional strategies for an improved student learning experience.  H.E.A.T allows a teacher to gauge the level of their lesson and the extent of student output. The acronym (HEAT) refers to the following categories.

  • Higher Order Thinking

  • Engaged Learning

  • Authentic Connections

  • Technology Innovation


By using H.E.A.T., teachers are able to identify and create lessons that help students develop 21st century skills. Teachers may also use the H.E.A.T. framework to improve existing lessons. These lessons should provide the opportunity for students to employ advanced technologies as they develop their cognitive abilities and practice higher order thinking. The H.E.A.T. tool may also be employed by administrators to ensure teachers’ lessons are consistently focused on the school district’s instructional goals and initiatives, as well as state or federal requirements. H.E.A.T. is a key component of the “The Levels of Teaching Innovation (LoTi) Framework” first conceptualized by Dr. Christopher Moersch in 1994.


Employing research-based best practices, teachers successfully create lesson plans that generate student H.E.A.T. during the learning process. The following research-based best practices are the foundation of the H.E.A.T. model:

  • Promote shared expertise through networked collaboration

  • Bolster purposeful inquiry through student questions

  • Provide authentic connections by personalizing and globalizing content

  • Accelerate individual growth through vertical/horizontal differentiation

  • Anchor student learning with digital-age tools and resource

  • Clarify student understanding with formative assessments

The 4C’s

1. CRITICAL THINKING

Critical Thinking is synonymous to thinking well. It is vital to introduce exercises and assessments to develop this skill in K-12 for success in higher education, and future careers. Whether it be sounding out words to write a complete sentence or interpreting the same piece of music, critical thinking and problem solving skills seep across several subjects to impact a student’s ability to concentrate, process, and analyze.

In a digital classroom, access to the internet means access to an infinite amount of resources with contrasting perspectives. To interpret all of these resources and apply them to homework, projects, or assignments will build essential real-world skills. Working to ensure every K-12 student has the opportunity to develop this invaluable skill is an investment in their future.

2. COMMUNICATION

Communication is arguably one of the most important skills for a student. In 2014 it was projected that about 81% of jobs were service jobs founded in communication. Between group projects, global teams, and remote employees, it seems as if communication is more important today than in the beginning of the 21st century. For the K-12 classroom, there have been many remedies for closing the gap between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. But no solution has been as successful as the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS). In Boerne ISD, teachers communicate, collaborate, and deliver instruction through Google Classroom.


3. COLLABORATION


Collaboration starts at the top of the school to set a good example for students. This means integrating technology into the classroom to allow voices and ideas from all over the world to collaborate and help teach.

Each campus in Boerne has a Campus Technologist who can help to train staff, give feedback on campus technology needs, deliver information of district-wide technology initiatives. In addition, there are three Educational Technology Coaches who host district-level/campus-level professional development on technology integration, support teachers and staff with use of devices, software, online programs, etc., develop online learning opportunities for staff, they collaborate with teachers and administrators to create models for better and more effective use of technology in the classroom on their campuses, and also Serve as a liaison and voice between campus and IT.


4. CREATIVITY

Creativity in the classroom is where teachers and students Use a wide range of idea creation techniques, they Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts, Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively, are open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas and View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes.


@. (n.d.). Connecting The 4Cs of 21st Century Education (With a 5th C!). Retrieved from http://blog.chalkable.com/connecting-the-4cs-of-21st-century-education-with-a-5th-c/


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