Technology is becoming ubiquitous in today’s classrooms – but mere access to state-of-the-art educational technologies will not automatically transform teaching and learning. Despite the billions of dollars spent yearly equipping classrooms with educational technologies, its impact on student learning has been both meager and unchanged after nearly half a century. Why are we continuing to fund, at considerable cost and effort, classrooms that are digitally rich but innovatively poor?
Dr. Sonny Magana has compiled four decades of ground-breaking research resolving the wicked problem of effective technology integration into his new book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education, which is being hailed by global educational experts.
Disruptive Classroom Technologies promises to disrupt the current low-value uses of classroom technologies with a new T3 framework that advances instructional innovations with technology to maximize student learning productivity. T3 helps educational systems categorize students’ learning with technology as Translational, Transformational, or Transcendent, sorting through the low-value applications to reach high-value, high-impact usage of readily available classroom technologies.
“When it comes to technology in the classroom, we are simply not getting our money’s worth in terms of unleashing students’ limitless learning potential,” says Dr. Magana, founder of Magana Education. “That hurts us all, by underserving our most precious natural resource—our youth. That’s why I’m committed to helping modern educational leaders and educators follow the direction provided by quality research evidence and innovate rather than simply digitizing their classroom practices.”
Schools that use the elements in the T3 Framework have seen dramatic gains in instructional quality and student learning performance. “I have personally observed the power of Sonny’s work in our own school district,” says Superintendent Brian Pearson. “Gaylord Community Schools has embraced the T3 framework and as a result is a better place for students to learn and staff to teach.”