Disrupting Education with Technology
Over the past twenty years technology has invaded nearly every sector of industry from music and movies to automaking and even homebuilding. Invariably, technology has changed those industries for the better, making them more efficient, more profitable, and the products they crank out of higher quality.
Tech has now set its sights on education and while the kids, parents and some teachers are excited, we find the usual editorials proclaiming that this time nothing will change.
Fortunately, it will be different. It always is with Tech.
Tech is already changing education whether the educators mean for it to do so, or not. The fact is, kids are already well versed in most new technologies by the time they enter primary grades. Studies show most children have multiple online profiles by the age of 2, and can operate both cell phones and computers. If we're not prepared to challenge their minds on that level our schools will fall behind; not only in our promise to educate, but on a larger scale - in our responsibility to prepare the youth for life beyond the walls of our educational institutions.
Teachers will benefit from new technologies too. Many were opposed to the introduction of smart boards, opting to stick with the dusty, chalky relics of yesteryear. But once properly trained in the benefits of such classroom tools, teachers have come to understand the benefit to the children, and to their own work load. Technology, like smart boards, makes teacher's work more efficient, and helps them reach more children in a way they understand.
As the price for technology drops, think of the possibilities. I can imagine a school where every child uses an ipad - maybe one built into the desks. Imagine the possibilities for professional development when teachers can access best practices from their smart phone.
How much can schools save by hosting development webinars, instead of sending teachers across the country to conferences, by paying for expensive hotels and per diems.Continued on the next page