In reading the slide below, I ran across a list for Why Technology is Failing. In particular, this slide caught my eye:
- Accountability for technology-curriculum integration
- Attention to results that
- Trust between Curriculum-Technology Departments rather than opposition.
- Active communication and collaboration between Curriculum and Technology Departments.
- Re-inventing the wheel as needed to further individual learning and making other’s work one’s own, but relying on a global network of learners and educators to share what works and emulating that.
Who limits the spectrum of discussion in your school? Do districts and buildings keep some issues off the table? Why? And are there ways to allow such conversations that skirt the traditional conversational gate-keepers?Hmmmmmmm.Are you being kept “passive and obedient” by not addressing the bigger issues of educational policy? What are they? How is it done? How do you fight it?
- Don’t fall prey to a Sucker’s Choice. A Sucker’s Choice is a this or a that, an either / or … etc. The assumption is that you have to trade one thing for another.
- Find an “and” solution over “either / or“. Find a way to have it both ways. Challenge yourself to seek the higher ground.
- Know what you want and what you don’t want. Stating what you want and don’t want are powerful because they clarify your intentions. Clarifying what you don’t want can be particularly powerful because of the principle of contrast. It can can also help take away perceived threats. Clarifying intentions is an important step because it’s easy to get lost in the content and lose sight of the real intentions. Your intentions guide you through your dialogue.
Harmony and Results. Quality and Relationship.
Identifying what you really want, what you don’t want, then figuring out how to get there. It’s a great approach. Every day, I listen to the news and hear about sucker’s choices. Of course, none come to mind at this very moment.
What are the Sucker’s Choices in EdTech implementation? Let me take a stab…can you add more?
- We’ll either use iPads or nothing at all.
- We’ll integrate technology into all our content areas or not at all.
- We’ll either do implement BYOD in all our schools simultaneously or ban it.
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