Posted by: crudbasher | August 17, 2010

Does Technology Move Too Fast for Schools?

The Beloit College Mindset List was just released. It’s a list composed at a private college that tells teachers a bit about the incoming freshman class.  Usually this deals with the culture the students grew up with, but on this list there were a few technology items.

One of the most interesting things I saw is these kids don’t use email much.  They more often use social networks to keep in touch.

This tells me several things.

1. Email as a form of communication is being replaced already.  It usually takes a lot longer for communication patterns to change but they are now moving at Internet speed. People will certainly continue to use email but we have to consider what kind of message it sends to our students.

2. If a school goes through the process to get approvals, funding, training and hardware to use a particular technology, perhaps the students will have moved on by the time it’s ready?  What this tells me, is focus on pedagogy. Find a way to engage the students in your lesson and then plug in a freely available technology.  Be flexible and prepared to change if needed.  For example, Ning was used by a lot of educators.  Recently they changed to a pay model, and threw a lot of people off.  They have since worked it out, but this new century is going to have a lot more moments like that.

3. Ask your students for tools to use!  We can’t possible keep up with everything new out on the net.  Teachers should be always learning so use your students as an extension of your PLN.

4. Keep an eye out for disruptive technologies.  These are the ones that are the hardest to adapt to but also the hardest to ignore and ban.

Stay flexible and focus on the learning.  Technology is like an always changing list of ingredients. Make what you can today. Make it a bit differently tomorrow.

  • List of things about college freshmen

    tags: education culture list

    • For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow, phones have never had cords and the computers they played with as kids are now in museums.
    • These are among the 75 items on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List. The compilation, released Tuesday, is assembled each year by two officials at this private school of about 1,400 students in Beloit, Wis.

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