On the road again! A number of the TLI leadership team members are off and running, studying, questioning, and learning. All of this work is in preparation for the 1:1 rollout, slated to begin in the fall of 2017. We have visited Sumner, Auburn, and North Thurston school districts. In fact, we visited North Thurston with our colleagues from Auburn. Networking with professional colleagues is one of our favorite things to do. We ask a lot of questions during these visits. Our most important questions center on instructional practice. How do we best support teachers and students in using 21st century skills? Here’s a great quote from one of the books we’re studying, “Technology can be used as tools for consumption or as tools for creating and producing. The first approach assumes that students learn mostly by receiving and absorbing existing knowledge, that they are consumers of knowledge, and that technology is there to help them better take in knowledge and improve their academic outcomes. The second approach, on the contrary, views the most critical role of students as creators. Students learn by creating projects and products, forming new knowledge during the process, and communicating and sharing their experiences, feelings, and ideas, often in a collaborative learning context. The role of technology is to empower students in this process.” While being aware of the first approach, we’re focusing on the second approach!