This is good brain stuff.
While this is entitled how youths learn, I reckon that the 8 points are possibly as important for learners of all ages, and for all manner of leaning.
1. I feel okay
2. It matters.
3. It’s active.
4. It stretches me.
5. I have a coach.
6. I have to use it.
7. I think back on it.
8. I plan my next steps.
In thinking about the use of technology in the classroom specifically, it probably already covers the first 3 points by the nature of technology itself. Even in the case of applications that are more a case of consumption than creation, given the nature if feedback and reward in most cases, perhaps point 4 is covered too.
In educational technology, the coach does not have to be limited to teacher. It could be the learner’s peers and might even potentially be someone outside the physical classroom.
The last 3 points are perhaps the clincher for a quality use of technology for learning. It is important that the use of technology in the classroom is guided by clear learning objectives. When what is learned is clear, it will be easier to consider how students able to use it and think back on it. Then to further extend the learning, there needs to be involvement of the learner in planning the next step as a result of the learning.
These are crucial points for us to consider when creating a gr8 lesson, including those that leverage on technology.