Friday, January 05, 2007
Aren't we in the business of Education?
Why is this happening?
Personal ego? Fear of the unknown? Not wanting to look incompetent in front of peers, students or administrators?
I would say that all of the above is true. This isn't a revelation to anyone that has been involved in EdTech for any length of time, but why I am blogging on this now? Because there is a critical mass beginning to form within the EdTech community and more specifically from society as a whole, to change the status quo.
Most of the notable EdTech bloggers have written on this topic over the past week and many other national publications have done the same thing.
David Warlick's - Two Cents Worth - "The Collision" and "Looking Forward"
Miguel Guhlin's - Around the Corner - "Consciousness" and "Truth, Trust and Transparency"
Will Richardson's - Weblogg-ed - "Perfect Storm"
TIME Magazine's Article - "How to build a student for the 21st Century."
I have functioned in my role as a Technology Coordinator on the premise of: "I'd rather move forward, knowing there will be mistakes along the way, instead of waiting until everything is 100% secure and knowing that day will never come." As EdTech professionals we need to educate the Administrators, Information Technology Directors, teachers, students and parents about the appropriate use of technology in an educational setting and in life. To do this, we must take risks that are educationally sound and support the process of teaching and learning.
Kimberly Moritz's in G-Town Talks echoes this sentiment.
"Enter the alternative to blocking everything—education. Stop filtering everything, teach kids how and where they can go on-line while in school, and give consequences to the 2% who make a mistake. Our students are supervised at all times in school, so add software that allows the study hall teaching assistant to monitor all computers from his desktop. Talk to teachers and students about appropriate use. Remind parents in the district newsletter about our acceptable use policy and explain our philosophy about educating our students rather than prohibiting them."
As I mentioned in my previous post today about digital citizenship, there are programs to be undertaken that will make it easier for the Administrators, Information Technology Directors, teachers, students and parents to understand. As we move forward in the process we need to remember that most of us involved in EdTech, chose to do what we are doing. And that we didn't choose this because it was easy, but because it was a challenge and a chance for each of us to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students. As we move forward there will be a greater demand from the students and society as a whole to move toward transparency.