Noticing what gets your attentionI started several Scoop-its to curate the resources in one place to use later.
Apps for The Student-Centered Classroom
Creativity, Innovation, and Change
Making Learning Personal
Communities of Practice for New Learning Environments
Curate Your Learning
In doing that I've been noticing what people like and follow. It seems to be the Apps and Tools. I know we as educators say not to focus on the tools but it doesn't seem that way. I notice this at technology conferences and, as a reader, the proposals submitted and accepted.
It seems that adults and teachers have technolust just like the kids. What does that mean for the classroom? The other Scoop-its are about change, pedagogy, communities of practice, and all the things that teachers tell me they want to understand for their own professional learning. However, when you go to a conference and the speaker is talking about change, the future, pedagogy, the room is not full.
For years I have done Tips and Tricks about this tool or that app and the room is overcrowded. It's like a feeding frenzy. I do a session on change and the steps needed for change, and there's only a few there. But I know those that are there are really interested.
What I'm wondering is how to take this technolust attitude and use it to make change. I am working with teachers to move to student-centered learning environments. In the process, they are learning new tools that engage and motivate students -- and them. School is just not engaging -- especially if you read out of the workbook. Kids are bored. They are digital whiz kids now.
How about adding a Smackdown at the end of the week and let three kids share a new tool or app they found for 2 minutes each? Then you as the teacher look at slowly changing the classroom and make student experts.
Think we need to shake things up here and look at the bigger picture. It's not about the technology. Right? Technology is just a great way to make change.