Tuesday, June 2, 2015

We're standing on this tiny ledge before this goes over the edge (The Script)

I had to present a progress report to the Board recently and by the by I again mentioned how much the LMS (Learning Management System) Schoology and our BYOD (Bring your own device) regime had transformed my teaching. 

The Jean Genie has well and trying left the bottle and she ain't going back any time ever!

All this came to mind when I read this Guardian article:
Digital technology has been one of the most powerful agents of change in how societies around the world work and live in the 21st century – from the way we do business and consume information to shopping, entertainment and socialising. The way we learn must therefore adapt to ensure students are equipped with the skills needed to thrive as adults now and in the future. Thankfully, many schools are rising to that challenge. But what impact will their examples of pedagogical innovation have on national and even global levels? Only time will tell.
My only quibble with this is that the article doesn't acknowledge how much our change is driven by students themselves. They are on the cutting (l)edge of digital technology. Their needs now overtly drive our change and that's as it should be. I no longer believe in teacher centred teaching (yes there was a time in the distant past). 

Baffles me how anyone could actually think that now.

1 comment:

John Laskaris said...

I think I agree with you – the students are the trigger for the technological changes, the teachers are often the ones who have to adjust.