Hayes feel that we should stop talking about "integrating" technology and begin "replacing" outdated curriculum with technology-rich lessons that address real world skills and applications.
Hayes identifies three basic elements of curriculum: content, skills, and assessment. To update the curriculum to better address the 21st Century needs of our students, she suggests starting with assessments. She advocates gradually upgrading dated assessment types with modern ones using this process:
- Brainstorm and research the products and performances used by professionals in your subject area(s). (For example: documentaries, films, web sites, email exchanges, blogs, etc.)
- Identify the software, hardware, Internet resources, and other technology tools already available in your school for teacher and student use. Commit to learning and using at least one new tool per semester or school year.
- Replace at least one dated assessment per semester with a modern one.
- Share these changes with colleagues and update curriculum maps.