Sadly, this is the last edition of my Learning Unleashed! column. The program at school has been up and running for nearly 5 months, and it continues to be an important part of our curriculum. In the interest of avoiding redundancy, however, I have decided to bring the column to an end. This seems like an appropriate time to step back and take stock of what we have accomplished over the past 2-and-a-half years.
The most obvious questions to raise at this point are these: Did it work? Did the Learning Unleashed! initiative accomplish the goals for which it was designed?
As with most seemingly straightforward questions, the answer is, "It depends."
When we began the research and development of Learning Unleashed!, we had some very simple guiding principles and goals. We wanted to devise an improved model of technology deployment by making technology more available, flexible, usable, and reliable. By doing these four things, we were confident that we would not only improve the frequency with which technology was used, but we would also improve the pedagogical effectiveness of those uses.
Increased Availability, Reliability, and Dependence
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