By: Brian Aspinall
Before I go any further, I recommend reading “Pedagogy before Technology” by DERYN M. WATSON, 2001 and ask yourself what knowledge do we need in the 21st century? Knowledge is at our fingertips. Now even more than 2001!
This won’t be a lengthy one, I promise. Just a few ideas to consider after some conversations today – and these are only my thoughts and questions and I encourage your ideas.
1) A worksheet on an iPad is still a worksheet. Refer to the SAMR model.
2) Placing students in desks and rows with tablets is not good practice and defeats any purpose of such device. See this article. “Learning spaces” must fit individual needs as it is not about the teacher.
3) It’s not about the technology. I use paper more now than ever in the last few years. #appchuck!
4) Genius Hour is not free time or #engagement. It’s about co-constructing knowledge. Maybe the engagement is a bi-product of this process.
5) Maker Education may be unnecessary – why do we ALWAYS have to create? See “Why I am Not a Maker”
6) Creation is a 21st fluency, right? – which contradicts #5.
7) The Hour of Code is corporate and without understanding the “why” don’t bother with it as it is as scripted as following a recipe.
9) Buzzwords are bad. They are intimidating and make educators lose sleep over practices they already do but with a new term coined by someone corporate or selling book. Am I wrong? Principles and ideas are good but buzzwords? However, buzzwords elicit change through intimidation. Now even I am confused.
10) Stop policing. Please just stop….This one strikes a chord with me. We live in an unfiltered world where censorship is at an all time low yet we worry as educators about decisions we make. I like to call these teachable moments. We can’t police the internet. We can’t “protect” students from inappropriate ads. What we can do is have conversations. Have discussions about appropriateness and how the handle uncomfortable situations. Let’s educate these young people with the necessary skills to react accordingly to difficult situations, both online and in person and stop hiding behind firewalls. Knowledge is power. Besides, our students see much more outside of school than we realize or like to admit via the interweb or hanging with friends.
Stay the course, captain!