OLTD 509 Week #2

As I start to look into emerging tech and plan for my seminar, I find myself wondering what the timeline of adoption will look like for these new innovations.  When will augmented reality move from the realm of the early adopters to an every-day tool?  When will 3-D printers move from universities and tech start-ups, to the homes of the working class?  Is this already happening?  It feels like it is, but I’m not sure if I feel that way because this course (and the OLTD program) is making me that much more aware of the developments in the world of cutting edge technology.

I find myself wondering which of these technologies will be around 5 years from now, and which will morph into a version that better suits the public need.  As these innovations become more common-place, what will replace them as the new cutting edge idea/program/interface?  Things move so fast these days, It feels like an impossible task to keep track of everything that is making waves in the tech industry.  From my own research for my seminar, I have found it interesting that an idea such as the QR scanner, which took off fairly recently, is already being replaced by the likes of image recognition software in our smartphones.  What will the next step be?  Is there an end point in all this, or will we keep refining these tools?

I like Avi’s method of applying a filter to these innovations, and developing a way to sift through all the information to take away only those things that will be meaningful to our own personal practice and philosophy of teaching.  More than ever we are having to become curators of our own professional development, and having a strong idea of what works for us as individuals is paramount if we are able separate that which is useful from the surrounding noise.  It is exciting to think that we have more options than ever to realize our own individual teaching philosophies.


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2 responses to “OLTD 509 Week #2”

  1. Kim Pepler says :

    Hi Ben,

    I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the new stuff flying at us too. I think all of it will continue to evolve until it gets to a place where consumers are satisfied. And they won’t be till its easy AND amazing:) However for us OLTD’s, we are kind of living on the edge… We are at that spot where the decisions to adopt or not are being made. I have always found that when I am in arenas of some uncertainty it is always best to fall back on my core values — in education as in life. I think, as Avi discussed and you allude to here, that the assessment of technology for educative purposes is one of those arenas. Just for starters, I would ask myself, does this technology lend itself to meaningful learning? Or is it just a fun diversion from the task at hand? The time and attention of our learners is a precious resource that we squander at our peril. We need to make informed decisions that look past the glitter and the hype to the underlying rationales for the proposed tool. Which I am totally sure is what you do:)


  2. Margot says :

    Hey Ben

    Take your point about what’s ‘hot’ right now may not be in very short order.

    As you point out, we have a huge deal of choice and need to develop a filter–and Kim puts it beautifully in saying that the time and attention of learners is squandered at our peril.

    Although we develop filters, do you think that it would be helpful for districts to also have guidelines around building guidelines for use? Indeed, we looked at some guidelines in terms of privacy, but would a more comprehensive body of work that included areas of pedagogy, infrastructure capability, tool availability, and cost be helpful? As OLTD participants, we look at these themes in selection of tools, and thereby have some confidence in our decision making, but what about others who are not as comfortable assessing the pros and cons of technology?

    NESTA’s Alive in the Swamp talks about teachers becoming more tech savvy, and techs becoming more education savvy–do you think that will happen in BC’s k-12 system…?

    As always, enjoy stopping by your blog space and reading your insights! 🙂

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