Through the looking glass – darklyPosted: December 12, 2008
By refusing to adapt our teacher-centred 19th century learning environments to meet the needs of students immersed in today’s interactive collaborative technologies – governments and educational institutions, from school districts to faculties of education, set them up for failure.
By refusing to try and understand what it means to be literate in a digital world – we rob our children of opportunities to expand and enrich their own personal learning networks.
Fortunately we have visionaries like David Warlick and Amber MacArther and learning opportunities like the recent RCAC Symposium to remind educators that by embracing and using new technologies in the classroom, they help prepare their students for a future that even the most clairvoyant teachers cannot clearly describe.
Teachers who use wikis, blogs, podcasts, video games and other collaborative technologies are changing the learning landscape in their classrooms and engaging their students in rich learning experiences.
Like the eco-warriors who struggle to construct a new power grid based on clean, renewable energy – today’s educational leaders must strive to construct a bold new ‘power grid of the mind’ that harnesses synergy and and favors collaboration over domination.
The educational visionaries who spoke and presented at today’s symposium will at least help ease the fall into the rabbit hole and reveal a little more of what lies beyond the looking glass.
Photo: M. Redfearn
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