Sometimes, it’s true that the only thing that remains of what you’ve done is what you’ve shared with others. Such is the case with an old Technology & Learning blog entry I wrote that has “disappeared” but is found on Chris Lehmann’s blog, Invest in People, Not Things.
The remnant of truth which remains true today:
I do know that the more money I save on the equipment, software, and traditional textbooks, the more I focus on technology to to foster collaboration and information literacy, on “people as the curriculum,” the more I can invest in people. Let’s invest in people, not things.
The return on investment is in what children learn to do in spite of life’s obstacles, of how they can use one technology to prepare them for the next. That process, the “how” of learning and “what they do with it,” is what I want them to get out of using the technology. MS Powerpoint, Moviemaker, Photostory, iMovie? Who cares? Activities like digital storytelling, blogging, podcasting, problem-based learning engage us all as human beings. . .if a cheap pencil will do as well as MS Word in today’s schools, then our money, time and effort has been going to the wrong people.
Maybe, it’s time to invest in children, teachers, administrators, and parents…instead of Microsoft, Apple, and other proprietary software vendors.
I also wrote a comment that I want to save:
Thanks, Chris, for the “powerful argument” affirmation…they come so few and far between. We often forget that the past is full of visionaries preaching how technology will change the world.
In truth, it’s been a “conversation” of sorts between people using the technology that has advanced us all. Whether it’s Microsoft, Apple or whomever making that technology is irrelevant. Do i really care who made the iAudio so long as it provides functionality I need and can use to innovate with?
The solutions will come about because people are involved, not because the technology comes from this company or another.
For example, storytelling has been around…that it’s gone “digital” is really just the latest. Tomorrow, what will digital storytelling look like? The elements won’t change because there are people involved, but how we innovate using what’s available, will.
When companies push digital rights management (DRM), they are trying to hold back the conversation people have as they use technology to do what they want to do. Let’s not forget that it’s people making the technology, and lawyers trying to lock down the technology. I prefer to identify with the creators and innovators, the ones who are tuned into the creative conversation. I like to think that they’re as imprisoned as the rest of us are in the technology, wanting the function and hating the garbage the other people–the leeches, so to speak–are doing with their creations. They need to see a new frame for the work they are doing.
We need to see change in schools, but that change can’t flourish and spread there. Instead, we have to change society and the environment. This is part of what I’ve written here about crafting a new frame (a variation on telling a new story)…I appreciate your feedback…I read your stuff all the time.
The link above is broken…the pages it refers to no longer exist. What have you shared in the past that endures today?
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