Aaron Tyo-Dickerson

Educational Philosophy

“Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.”

“Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.”

(ISTE. ISTE Standards for Students. N.p.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2016. PDF.)

My educational philosophy is aligned to ISTE’s 2016 Standards for Students, in particular Standards 1 and 3 as quoted above.

I believe that all technologies, whether hardware, software, or systems, should empower students to follow their curiosities and interests and that educators who use the inquiry model are best situated to promote individualized learning experiences and support choices for exhibitions of learning both in and out of the classroom.

Students’ lives outside of school include personalized use of devices and networks to create digital footprints that will follow them throughout their lives. I believe that the learning environment in school must leverage these choices that our students are already making in order to meet them at their level and to challenge them to grow in ways that are meaningful to them.

This can include opportunities for both formal and informal interactions with students and modelling of life-long learning and personal responsibility. I believe that students develop respect for educators who practice what they preach by cultivating an active curiosity about new technologies and ways to create and share new ideas with others in the school community and to the world at large.