This summer while I was doing summer professional development, I caught a few questions about exporting bookmarks from explorer that I couldn't answer...so I put them out to my network "It should be easy..." Jim Gates quickly replied .. "Shouldn't be hard at all..." came in from a twitter direct message from Steve Hardagon.. and really they ARE RIGHT....it SHOULD be simple.
But it is NOT and I am really torn between blaming the structures that prevent innovations and wondering when folks need to take accountability for some of this leaning on their own.
I had the pleasure of having the opportunity to get to hear David Warlick speak at CFF bootcamp last week. He talked about some of the things that should be happening in school, that NEED to be happening in schools. He recognized that this is obviously a complex issue, as education should be. Its more than can be expressed in a single blog. He stated that a teacher's job is not simple — not any more. The world that we are preparing our children for is complex, dynamic, and it may never be the same again. But it is also intensely exciting —
..and learning about that world, should be just as exciting as that world really is.
In TechLearning Terry Freeman made some powerful statements about some things which we must regard as simply unacceptable. Karl Fisch went so far as to say....If a teacher today is not technologically literate - and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more - it's equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn't know how to read and write. Now I think this is an unfair analogy in that the internet and technological tools have not been around nearly as long as written works, but the world SURE IS moving QUICK and I think that everyone has a certain amount of responsibility to keep up. David Warlick and Chris Lehmann both had great posts which have been rumbing around in my head as well..
All of this making me think....
When is it ok...
- Is it ok for a tech integration coach to not know what an RSS feed is?
- How can we support teachers to learn how to use these tools that they don't even know exist?
- Should we expect to always get professional emails that contain an appropriate subject line and signature?
- Should we still be helping people add attachments to an email?
- Why can astronauts blog from outer space, with elementary students but it is too difficult for classroom teachers?
- When do we stop and say it is unacceptable?