There are many questions (and fears) regarding the direction education is taking with technology in the 21st Century. I understand that statement is not ground breaking by any means as most aspects of society has major questions about technology’s role in our lives today and in the future.
It struck me that the “frontier” analogy has many historical connections that conjures up a period of excitement and hope, but also fear. We all have images of settlers moving west in hopes of a better life who are later called pioneers. These pioneers who survive become veterans of that new life and are sought for their ways of survival. Each of our schools has a technology veteran who crossed the “foothills to the frontier” of some sort of educational practice. “Digital natives” refer to the generations growing up with the technology and how do teachers adapt to them is a major question we face. Then there is the idea to some that the technology landscape is like the Wild West, after initial settlement, with little law and order how to use it.
- I have included links to 2 sessions per day that will hopefully both excite and calm some nerves and make it a little easier for teachers to forge the Learning Frontier. Because as the cartoon indicates, technology can be a wonderful tool but we need to know what it can offer and also determine when it is appropriate and when it is not.
- Please note, there will be many sessions that touch on the future of technology in education. I selected a cross section of links that provide broader pedogogy to more specific tools.
1. Steven Johnson, Key Note Speaker: Where Good Ideas Come From