Friday, December 6, 2013
It's Never Been About the Technology
I see where school becomes a place of opportunity and entrepreneurism with the enthusiasm that comes toward a fresh and bold approach to what learning could look like.
When Steve Jobs rolled out iTunes, I thought that was brilliant from a marketing point of view in how he "disrupted" the music industry, but I also saw how we could take media and make it available in a mobile environment. That gave us educators and our students the open door to have access to media 24/7 at just about any location!! From a learning point of view, that opens up a whole new world for all of us: students and educators. This is what excites us. However, those of us who have seen the potential to the change we have hoped could exist in the classroom have also been commensurately frustrated with the disparity between the "Macworld like" environment and the classroom.
Great companies create great products, and their excitement is bolstered and confirmed with the introduction and successes of those products. Great educators and great schools create a great product of learning, and they do so with innovation and excitement with or without technology. It just so happens technology is a "must" tool that is a force multiplier to innovation, creativity and a passion for learning.