As we make the transition to a 1:1 school questions continue to arise in regards to why and how we are doing this...and they should.
While the how is important in regards to the allocation of resources in financially difficult times, I believe that if we do a good job answering the why of this question then the how becomes less significant. Before I get started with a few specifics in answering the why, I have a question ask...
...What type of education do we want for our kids?
Being a father of three, I have some things that I want for my children:
- I want my children to learn about resources that allow them to connect and collaborate with those who share their passions/interests.
- I want my children to be inquisitive and lead their own learning.
- I want my children to be responsible citizens.
I am bothered by the fact that the world outside of our schools has changed so dramatically, while the world inside has changed very little. It would seem to me that we would start to see changes inside or schools that would correspond to what is happening outside.
I recently re-read Scott McLeod's great post from back in November If we were really serious about educational technology and I have to say that I would change the title to If we were really serious about education because I think the things that Scott discusses (see a partial list below) are imperative to the delivery of a relevant curriculum in the year 2011.
- show students how to edit their privacy settings and use groups in Facebook instead of banning online social networks because they’re ‘dangerous’ and/or ‘frivolous’
- treat seriously and own personally the task of becoming proficient with the digital tools that are transforming everything instead of nonchalantly chuckling about how little we as educators know about computers;
- put a robust digital learning device into every student’s hands (or let them bring and use their own) instead of pretending that we live in a pencil notebook paper and ring binder world
I am confused how we can look at this list and still ask, "why?"
What do you want for your kids?
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