“In a nutshell, we want to get rid of worksheets,” said Montano. “We want kids using their higher order thinking skills. We want them collaborating with their classmates. We want them communicating in multiple ways, whether its through Google Classroom, through a blog or face to face.”
In Amarillo ISD, a Consortium Associate district, pre-K through fifth-grade teachers meet each Tuesday after school in a campus computer lab for “Techno Tuesday.” Led by Amarillo ISD digital learning leader Mindy Montano, the hour-long weekly gathering is designed to help teachers become more tech savvy as the school district places a renewed focus on using digital resources.
Techno Tuesday meshes with Amarillo ISD’s emphasis on “21st-century skills,” a term that broadly refers to a set of abilities seen by advocates as critical to success in today’s world.