Started this post several weeks ago then put it on the back burner while I was out doing professional learning classes. Of course, what I observed during this time, were groups of enthusiastic educators ready to grow. However, to make a difference this needs to be the norm not the exception. The 20th century is still impacting our move forward to 21st century learning.
Here are some facts:
Schools still block and filter. Instead of trying to understand it block it, filter it and make no effort to attempt to learn the technology. What is right for our students should be the main focus.
Schools still allow teachers to use excuses such as" I don't do technology" or "Wikipedia is of no educational value." These "educators" are still out there preaching they are on board yet still need help opening a new tab or cutting and pasting. According to Scott McLeod "What hope do these teachers have of providing meaningful, technology-rich learning experiences for their students? What hope do these leaders have of creating and adequately supporting powerful, technology-rich learning environments for students and staff? Little to none."
Most cell phone policies require teachers to confiscate them if they see them or "put them in this bucket while I teach the class mentality." Another form of blocking, instead of maximizing this tool through poll everywhere, Evernote or other apps.
Students in most schools power down for the day when they enter school. In the 21st century we need to give students the tools and get out of their way. Then amazing things happen.
Students despite career aspirations still must take whatever the school offers despite the vast availability of online courses. Are we limiting student access to just what we know?
We are twelve years into the 21st century, how can we move beyond the outdated methods of the last century? My solution is we move forward together with more collaboration, communication and conversation which should lead to more creativity.
What are your solutions?