I certainly hope that “education as we know it” will have changed in the next decade. Although it has certainly struggled to do so over the past 100 years. There is no doubt that technology has played and will continue to play a part in the development of education. It would be difficult for it not to in some way.
There are increasing conversations around what needs to change in our systems and it seems that technology is always a part of the conversation. I stumbled on a prime example via Twitter just a few weeks ago as a group was using the hashtag #cuerockstar to discuss learning at a conference being hosted at Skywalker Ranch. I’m pretty sure this guy knows a thing or two about the benefits of technology in the classroom.
Our world is increasingly reliant on technology and computers making it essential that not only technology be used in the classroom, but students are taught how to use various forms of technology and even how to make computers work. If we think about how deeply technology is embedded into our society (raise your hand if you get paid electronically) there is no reason to even argue about the concept of technology in the classroom.
Now if we are talking about how that technology is used, it is a different story. Hopefully we are all aware that tech for the sake of having tech is ridiculous. But as we start using technology to create connections around the world and share our teaching and learning experiences with others, it becomes a powerful tool.
I don’t think that the classroom of the future will exist without teachers as some seem to envision, but I do hope that it will be a much more collaborative space. I hope that it will encourage a global mindset and challenge students to create and solve problems.
As I work to move from a classroom teacher to a tech coach, I’m certainly thinking not only about how to push teachers to see these concepts, but how I will use them in my own offerings of professional development. These changes can’t come from a top down approach, they need to come from within the walls of our schools and the halls of our universities.
If we are talking about the perfect classroom for creating real change in the world and developing true understanding of cultures and global issues, I think this school has a pretty good idea. How beautiful would it be for every kid to have a chance like that?
“Full Sunburst over Earth” by NASA. Original uploader was Mrshaba at en.wikipedia – File:Robot Arm Over Earth with Sunburst – GPN-2000-001097.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –