I do…those of you that know me (in the “real” and digi-worlds both) know this, too.
…I mean what is there not to luv?
…except that dogs are not quite there, yet! Sorry. Dexter…
I mean…all that great hardware, all that great software, all that great webware…that allows me to do so much “social LEARNing” (my wife tells me it’s quite “anti-social”…what does she know…she doesn’t even have a Facebook account)!
OK, OK…I know that I have said (in the past) that I hate the phrase:
…and, always maintain that:
…but there is so much “stuff” to LEARN out there!
The thing is…I’m an “education-guy” (and a bit of a Star Wars fan)…and do, from time to time, thunk is terms of alternatives…absolutes (I’m human, too).
Heck…if I was really honest (not that I am NOT usually honest…) I do not really like the phrase 21C LEARNing…at all!
I guess, in my heart-of-hearts, I have always believed:
This is probably because – again, in my heart of hearts, I recognise…and believe:
Like most sensible TEACHers, I know:
…and, that it is the QUESTIONS we ask in the classroom…that make the difference – in addition to how often we hang this sign outside our door:
…and, no, I do not care what “discipline” we all work within…
I do not like going to conferences packed full with digital cheerleaders…cheerleaders that “beat up” on TEACHers for not using the latest “app”…or, worse to my mind, decide to read a blog and tell the world that this…
…is what a 21C TEACHer “looks like”!
Nor do I enjoy people going on…and on…and on…about TECHnology replacing TEACHers.
…but, then again, I get that it may be easier to “replace” some TEACHers than others…if we do not wake up and smell the ink from the 3D printer (and Guy Claxton’s books)!
Yes, the hardware…the software…the webware are HERE – we gotta get used to them…we gotta get using them (do you really want to see a doctor that is not using an iPad- these days)!
I think the problem is…and the Sith inside me is talking again…a lot of the time it’s about the questions we choose to ask:
…asking the “wrong” questions (more often than not) leads to the “wrong” decisions – and many of the challenges we face in EDUcation. For example, not asking the right questions can lead to problems with the “balance” of LEARNing and TEACHing we do:
…without even getting to TECHnology!
After all…not all TEACHers are created “equally”:
TECHnology can (and does)…complicate these things:
You see…it’s those bloody “questions” again:
Maybe, just maybe…if we did some:
…and asked some other questions (not just about “NEW” stuff) – questions like:
Then, maybe…just maybe…we might start to get some:
…to go with our:
NOW…I am really starting to “hate” that “21C” phrase…