The 50-50 Rule of Technology Integration

Technology, when used to create content and connect students with authentic audiences, empowers learners and prepares them for jobs that don’t even exist yet. It is critical for schools to facilitate and promote a culture of content creation. Educators that teach students how to use tech tools to actively create content are EMPOWERING these learners by giving them the skills, strategies, and experiences they’ll need as they move into the future.

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To begin, schools must work to create an equal balance of content consumption and content creation in their classrooms. Too many school systems have spent millions of dollars to equip students and teachers with the latest tech tools only to utilize them in the wrong ways.

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Rows of silent students completing digital worksheets on their Chromebooks or iPads is not what one would call effective technology integration.  The digital use divide between passive consumption and active creation must be closed!

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Teachers in classrooms should subscribe to the 50-50 Rule of technology integration. If students CONSUME content in the classroom for 25 minutes, they then need to CREATE content for the same amount of time in that classroom. For example, if I direct my students to passively consume content by completing assignments in Castle Learning, IXL or ReadWorks Digital, I must allow them to spend the same amount of time creating content using their devices.

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This can be done in a variety of innovative ways including creating How-To Videos for Genius Hour projects, making Google Slides presentations for Iron Chef Jigsaw lessons or writing a new post for the class blog. It’s very important to strike this balance between consumption of content and creation of content on a regular basis. It could also include students putting tech devices away for the remainder of the class and making something in a Makerspace-like environment.

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What do you think about the 50-50 Rule of Technology Integration? Would you suggest a different ratio? Please write a reply in the comment section at the end of this post.

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6 thoughts on “The 50-50 Rule of Technology Integration

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  2. I am in favor of the 50/50 rule; however sometimes it is easier said than done. Not every student is able to use the technology without issues, and they do become frustrated and lose track of why they were even using the technology to begin with. It can be successful in the correct situation and environment. I tend to place most of my assignments electronically to my students, but I need to do more than post the assignments. I need to dig deeper and find more out there for the students to be able to use.

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  3. I am in favor of the 50/50 rule; however sometimes it is easier said than done. Not every student is able to use the technology without issues, and they do become frustrated and lose track of why they were even using the technology to begin with. It can be successful in the correct situation and environment. I tend to place most of my assignments electronically to my students, but I need to do more than post the assignments. I need to dig deeper and find more out there for the students to be able to use. I like the idea of my students learning from me 1/2 of the class and then applying the skill with technology. Perhaps it means that I need more access to ways to incorporate a lesson using technology rather than the normal posting a pen and paper assignment into google classroom and calling it technology.

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