An island-wide power outage messed up my schedule today, so I’m a little behind—yet still in survival mode….
Essential Question: What is the implication of our changing economy and society on technology planning?
It logically makes sense that education needs to be a living entity that changes based on the needs of the students. However, that’s not always the easiest ideal to achieve, especially when you throw committees and budgets into the mix. However, we still try to do our best. Ken Robinson best laid the driving forces behind what defines a “need.”
“The two great driving forces are technological innovation and population growth. Together they are transforming how we live and work; they are putting a vast strain on the Earth’s natural resources and changing the nature of politics and culture. New technologies are revolutionizing the nature of work everywhere” (Robinson, 2011, p. 5).
There’s always a problem to solve, and technology is that tool to help solve it. This means that education needs to stay on top of what’s useful for that time. In technology planning, that means we need to leave room for the unknown and be willing to revisit the plans often and update.
“Digital technologies are blurring the boundaries between home and work, business and pleasure. The tendency to communicate across time zones means that just as you’re going to bed someone has just arrived at their office and is logging on. Emails pile up. The compusion to answer the cellphone implies that the incoming call is more important thatn the face-to-face conversation you were having. I don’t know many people who are working less hard than they were ten years ago. Most are working faster with more to do and to shorter deadlines” (Robinson, 2011, p. 44). This statement struck me real close to home. It’s true. I’m still working just as hard, if not harder, than I was 10 years ago… but I’m turning out more. I find myself asking, “Why?” Was I conditioned this way? Am I really doing what is best? I think that there’s a certain perspective that needs to be evaluated in our technology plans as well. The 21st century learner doesn’t think the same way as a majority of teachers understand.
Take social media, for example. Some teachers are just recently getting familiar with how to use it. Students have been using it since they started typing/texting. Personally, I briefly had a MySpace page. I regularly maintained a personal blog until I discovered FaceBook. I’m still not a big fan of Twitter, but that’s the trend now. If I don’t adapt, I will be at a loss. Katie Lepi’s article relates the different perspectives students have towards social media vs. teachers. http://www.edudemic.com/teacher-vs-student-social-media/ (warning: this article made me feel very old).
With our current economy being in the shaky state it’s in, that means that while education needs to be up on what’s new and more efficient, it doesn’t mean that the schools can afford cutting edge technology. That is a consideration that must be taking in.
For my closing, I’ll let Rhett and Link sing me out. Rhett and Link are YouTubers (a job which didn’t exist 10 years ago) who make their living by creating songs, commercials, song parodies, talk shows, podcasts, and satire. They’re one of the good ones, but you just never know what’s going to strike a chord with our global community. I’ve posted this video in other classes before, but I think it’s appropriate for the perspective that needs to be taken into consideration in creating a technology plan. There’s always something new to learn tech wise. You have to keep up, if you want to be “King.”
Lepi, K. (2013). Teacher vs student: how each actually uses social media. Accessed at http://www.edudemic.com/teacher-vs-student-social-media/
McLaughlin, R. & Neal, L. (2008). Internet overdose song. Accessed at YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyPDHh4d1Xo
Robinson, K. (2011). Out of our minds: learning to be creative. West Sussex, UK: Capstone. [Accessed on Kindle].