What questions should we be asking ourselves before assigning digital work to students?

This is a brief post, for a couple of reasons. First, I am writing it on an iPad Air because I am tired of typing on my laptop. I just finished updating my manuscript for an upcoming ACSD Arias book regarding myths about technology. Second, during my research for the book I created a graphic regarding the question that serves as the title for this post. It didn’t make the final cut, but I still think it is worth pondering. Here it is:

Hopefully the brevity of this post will allow for more comments and room for thinking. The topics of homework, adolescence, ubiquitous technology, and the kind of work we are asking students to do in today’s always-connected world weigh on my mind. 

Where do you weigh in?

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

One thought on “What questions should we be asking ourselves before assigning digital work to students?”

  1. I think you have an interesting point and bring up a poignant question. If students are not using their devices at home for school purposes, it is still highly likely they are using them for personal purposes. Screen time is dictated by the culture, which is changing all the time. Parents can limit screen time, but depending how old the child is, parents will get back-lash and probably will surrender to the child’s wishes.

    As a teacher, brain-based, thoughtful assignments should drive decisions for homework. Time to complete, make mistakes, iterate and accomplish are important. Variety is key.

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