Question: What is your vision for technology in schools?
The more I delve into education and how the system works, I’m going to be honest, I get more frustrated! The age that we live in, with so much information and know-how literally at our fingertips, mankind has all kind of potential! We could do anything! However, it feels like in keeping with the “tradition” of school and how things have worked in the past, we are catering to a broken down system. Students are learning facts. Great. But are they learning HOW to think? Is our system of grading what is “normal” squashing children’s creativity into a box that displaces creativity and ingenuity?
But I digress… kind of. The question was about vision for technology. My vision for any tech program that I am associated with is using the technology as a tool to progress further in thinking and creativity, and the focus to NOT be on using the tech itself. Certainly, when students are learning, there is a time with learning how to use the tool. But the modern student generally learns the tech quickly. Once it’s mastered, what would happen if we let the students take off with their own creations? Is it obtainable? I believe so! Is it reasonable? By today’s standards, probably not. I think that it would scare the daylights out of some teachers. However, if we take a look around, you will see that students are already promoting their own creativity. Millions of teens and children have access to iphones and tablets. What are they doing with them? Ever take a moment to check out Vines compilations? Some of the stuff will blow you away… and not all of it for good reasons. But what ingenuity! Imagine what could be created if we could take that energy and focus it into a bigger goal than accumulating the most “Likes” or followers?!
And like Robinson (2011) said, “Being creative involves doing something. It would be odd to describe as creative someone who never did anything. To call somebody creative suggest they are actively producing something in a deliberate way. People are not creative in the abstract; they are creative in something: in mathematics, in engineering, in writing, in music, in business, in whatever. Creativity involves putting your imagination to work. In a sense, creativity is applied imagination.” The students already have the “imagination battery,” they have amazing technological tools to facilitate the communication of that imagination… now they just need to space and encouragement. That’s my vision– reasonable or not.