The EdTech message, do you get it?

E-school news posted the conclusions from a round table discussion of CoSN (Consortium for Social Networking) conference held March 28 in San Francisco. Their primary concern was how to advocate for change by creating a new breed of teachers to leverage change in schools from within. The tired rhetoric of technology integration must be replaced with a more relevant vocabulary. Integration can no longer be the goal. Technology is the focus of our lives outside of school and school should reflect the advances available in every day life. In other words, technology should be synonymous with learning. Right now, school bares little resemblance to real life. Educational reform advocates like Roger Schank feel the need for reform reaches far beyond adopting a student-technology centered approach. In his view, our antiquated educational system runs on a model built in the late 1800’s completely out of touch with the needs of today’s society. What is it going to take to get a consensus and figure out the logistics of a massive overhauling of the educational system? Sometimes I wonder why states insist on being so independent when it comes to education. Shouldn’t we all be working together towards the same goal? The message is change. The solution comes from the top down. The question is when? For more about what Roger Schank has to say visit Moving at the Speed of Creativity, a blog by Wes Fryer.

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Experts: Ed tech must change its messageSupporters of school technology must make a more explicit connection between technology and teaching, former CoSN board members sayBy Dennis Pierce, Managing Editor, eSchool News

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One Response to “The EdTech message, do you get it?”

  1. Wesley Fryer Says:

    I think if we wait for teachers to change the system themselves we’re going to be waiting a long time. Those with real power to change the system are students and parents. I think empowering students to create and collaborate with technology, so they get excited about these activities and share that enthusiasm with their parents, is one of the best ways to change the system. Every school should sponsor and support a digital storytelling contest. Each principal should require teachers to participate in at least one Internet-based collaborative project every semester. The main things that needs to change in our schools regard the CURRICULUM and our SCHEDULES. We don’t have time for much real learning, because we are too consumed teaching our mile-wide curriculums in a very confined schedule. Those with the most power to change this are the students and the parents. Teachers can and should make morally informed pedagogical choices about the tasks they assign and invite learners to engage in, but in the end I think it will be the students and parents who will insist that the system change. Business leaders also play a vital role, but I think many of them don’t understand HOW the system can change. That’s why it is so important to get students to SHOW adults how the system can change via media projects, digital storytelling, and collaborative projects.

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