Predictions for technology and education are always popular. Over the break, someone sent me a link to this post on the topic:
I’ve always felt uneasy about predictive lists in education, and about such topics like the future of education. They seem like half-thoughts: predictions for what will happen, but few conclusions for what that means for practice today.
With predictions, I’m always left wanting for more discussion about the here and now, and the immediate past, rather than the future. Let’s make the future.
The article above works when it does look at the now, with statements like this: “…more and more tablets are in teacher and student hands.”
And this line, which I couldn’t agree with more: “…it is the teacher who is the key player in learning not the silicon chip…”
Teachers are the bridge between learner and structure/content. In small classes and in mega-multi-user-environments. Tech in education is used so well when teachers use it simply to get to know their students better.