I know most of you have likely seen the graphic of coffee and SAMR, created by Kathy Schrock, that is widely circulated around the internet. I've decided to put my own spin on the concept. I love music, as well as coffee, but I think the analogy below is apt for what technology can do for classrooms and has also done for the music industry. (I should also mention that I happen to love and collect analog music, especially vinyl, so no hate in the comments about the comeback of analog music. I am single-handedly trying to buy enough records to make the comeback myself!)
|Evolution from reel-to-reel which tethered you to a machine to mobile anytime-anywhere access of music!|
We are currently in the renaissance of doing the work of changing school to a customized, personalized space just like as the music industry has evolved over the course of years past. A playlist is a great analogy for how things could look for our kids in the future of schools. The ability to pick and choose courses based on competencies vs prescribed tracks as we've seen in the past is a real possibility. Accelerated learning is possible with aide of methods such as the rotational model of blended/hybrid/new-term-of-the-day learning, not to mention virtual opportunities that we can now provide for our kids to remediate or accelerate their learning. It's an exciting time of possibilities.