After working with tons of schools and teachers around the United States and beyond, I’m noticing a trend.
We love our technology — sometimes to a fault.
Don’t get me wrong. Technology has been a huge catalyst in my own classroom and in my life. It helps me to be a better, more effective, more informed version of myself on my best days.
Technology is always changing, and for years, it’s been very helpful to talk about it so we can stay on the edge (even if it’s not the cutting, bleeding edge!).
It’s still that way to some extent. But I think we need to do more.
It’s time for us to get back to the fundamentals — good, sound pedagogy.
I’m putting on a conference in September called Ditch That Conference (a play off Ditch That Textbook, the name of my book and blog). It’s scheduled for September 8, 2017 at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana. There’s also a virtual ticket option where you can get lifetime access to videos of the conference sessions.
I’m hoping to ditch several aspects of the traditional education conference, and here’s one of the biggest: the focus.
It’s about solid teaching and learning and how technology can support them … not the other way around. And this is a focus that I hope we’ll take in the education world going forward.
Let’s not geek out about G Suite and new apps and shiny devices.
Instead, let’s geek out about raising our depth of knowledge. About learning about and adopting new best practices. About Dewey and Bloom’s Taxonomy and Understanding by Design and about constructivism.
I love this statement from a fellow educator on Twitter:
We don’t need tech geeks who can teach.
We need teaching geeks who can tech.
Technology won’t create the education of our dreams. It will empower educators to give students the education of their dreams.
Here are some ways I think we can head in that direction:
It’s going to take a different kind of education to prepare students for this unknown future that confronts them. It’s harder than ever to connect with kids through all the distractions.
We have to pull out all of the stops. Remember, it’s our own future and world that we’re building.
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I feel I have a pretty good grasp of pedagogy and happily admit to being a geek and a nerd, but wonk? A step too far lol. But I definitely agree that solid pedagogy is the key.