I love being a life-long learner. I am a self-professed technology dunce but I am learning new things as a result of EC&I 832. This ties into the generational differences we discussed last week in class. It seems that younger people have an easier time catching on to technology – or is that just a stereotype? I am always thinking about what I’m learning and how I can apply it to the classroom.
Look at our grad class. We “meet” every week via technology! We don’t even have to leave our homes to be connected and learning. I’d say that this is going to become more and more common and it will eventually trickle down into the K-12 system. I am reminded of our alternative education students and how much difference it makes to them that they don’t have to sit and learn in a traditional classroom. They are given opportunities to learn based on their strengths. Perhaps we would do well to remember this when we are designing learning environments, both online and in person.
I think that, in the future, it will take a variety of different learning environments for students to learn the appropriate skills they will need in order to become productive citizens of society. “What’s the Future of Education? Teachers Respond” by Laura McClure was the resource I resonated most with, and particularly the following quote:
So long as there is a workplace… there will be schools.
“The K-12 experience for students also provides societal infrastructure that allows for a working class. By 2050, the ‘World of Work’ will have little resemblance to what it is today. We should hope this to be the case for schools as well. If we begin by helping children to identify their strengths, interests and values — and then dedicate time in school to cultivating them towards exploring where each child’s unique place in the world might be — I think we’ll be on the right path regardless of what new technologies or advances in learning become available. — David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District, California, United States”
Unfortunately, the rate of change for education in North America seems to be a snail’s pace. Change is good, and the ability of schools to change with the times is going to become more important than ever before in history. Digital citizenship is vitally important for the future — so schools will need to evolve and develop ways to help students become the best possible digital citizens they can be.