|Timestamp||Position||Summarize Your Thoughts...|
|11/24/2009 16:59:36||Teacher, Parent||Education, needs to move away form the textbook memorizing, and into problem solving approach. Group effort should also be encouraged.|
|11/24/2009 17:00:06||District Level Administrator||A shift in our culture is already happening. We need to adapt our education model and our own instructional practices to help our students acquire the critical thinking skills that they need compete globally and embrace life long learning.|
|11/24/2009 20:00:22||Teacher||Absolutely! We need to prepare students as thinkers and show them the tools they will be using (tech, reading, writing, math). With the current system, parents need to be involved to push the administrators to do what parents and teachers know must be done.|
|11/24/2009 20:00:27||Professional Development||Exciting conversation with forward thinking educators. Change in education starts in the middle with innovative teachers who are willing to take risks for the betterment of education.|
|11/24/2009 20:02:45||Teacher||Teachers promote the shift, away from "old school" (no pun) teaching like lectures, rote memory, mulit-choice testing to creative, collaborative, challenge solving, portfolios|
|11/24/2009 20:03:35||Teacher, Instructional Technologist||I think we need to shift what we think the traditional classroom roll should be. We need to tear down the walls and really develop global knowledge learners. Technology is helping, but we still have a ways to go. I think business will ultimately drive the change. $$$ always do. When business starts wanting more global citizens able to work with technology, education will catch up.|
|11/24/2009 20:04:56||School Level Administrator||Lot's right with education. Need to shift to making every decision about what is best for the students. That may include tech, but it may not. Need to use data to dig deep.|
|11/24/2009 20:05:26||Educator/Writer||A shift is definitely needed but how to accomplish it is the big question. We have to enlist support from parents and educate school boards and administrators for the need to get the most of our students and prepare them for the real world. We must re-establish three tracks. College is not the answer for all students. Let's get back to Academic - Commercial and Vocational tracks.|
|11/24/2009 20:06:19||Teacher||It takes a village to raise a child, but our villages are crumbling, our families are disconnecting, our schools are suffocating, and communities are suffering. Each part must do their best on a common goal, but we can't even agree on the goal. Education in America needs to be brought up to speed like any other entity we rely on, i.e. AIG or GM. Why don't we infuse the ed system with such drastic amounts of money and see where educators lead education? Progressive and opinionated educators are what's right with education today.|
|11/24/2009 20:06:44||Instructional Technologist||I think because of NCLB we are hyperfocusing on testing a a metric for what is happening in the classroom. We need to refocus on skills need to successfully address future concerns. The change can not take place until all constituents participate in that change.|
|11/24/2009 20:09:07||Consultant||I don't think there is any doubt that a shift in education is needed. Who is responsible for the shift is a tougher question. Everyone needs to be involved in the shift and leadership can come from many angles. Under any given circumstance, any one of the stakeholders could become the "leader" of change that shifts education toward equipping students with skills they need in today's world. Change is a complex issue; changing a system as entrenched as education may require attack from multiple flanks to chip away at the status quo.|
|11/24/2009 20:09:41||Teacher-Librarian||This question is huge in my mind and why I've been hanging out with you, #edtech folks. There's one thing I know from my teaching career; dialogue/discussion is the first step. I have no answers but do believe these discussion are our best foot forward.|
In my dream of dreams school would be inquiry based. Standards would be in place to ensure equity in large districts. Site based decisions would stop.
Students would present portfolios to citizens from the work world. School libraries would be staffed. Library staff would be leaders in organizational skills and research scaffolding. Students would graduate confident in their ability to work in teams, to effectively communicate, to plan, to execute a plan, and to assess/reflect on their own experiences. This is the same dream I had for my own daughter who is now 20.
|11/24/2009 20:23:56||Teacher||Yes, a shift is needed. It should happen from within the profession, Administrators and teachers should provide leadership but collaborate with all stakeholders.|
|11/24/2009 20:25:23||Teacher, Instructional Technologist, School Level Administrator||Every time someone brings up shifting education, I can't help but think of Ivan Illich's (pink as they come) text "Deschooling Society". In the first half of the slim book he outlines the reasons that we can and should dismantle the state mandated institution of school ( institutional schools create an institutional society, by definition un-free). He spends the last half of the book describing systems that our society could use to replace the various institutions that school the populace (there are some duesies). |
What is interesting about the book 30 years after it was written is that all of the designs for alternate modes of delivering education have arrived with web 2.0. One of the tools Illich describes is for connecting those who want to learn a skill or subject and those who have that knowledge. Blogs, wikis and twitter (especially) can serve in that role. He describes a system that allows knowledge holders to make tapes of what they know and offering them for borrow through some central point (a library) - podcasts and youtube. Practically all of his suggestions for what to build instead of schools have been created on the internet.
If Ivan Illich were alive today, I am quite sure that he would pronounce the death of institutional schooling. He would rail on us for failing to see that it had happened and for continuing to animate the system , like a soulless zombie. I am not sure that I agree with the extent to which he would abolish schools, and accreditation, for there is surely still a place in society for compulsory instruction in language and math skills (everyone need to use those skills on a regular basis), but do we need to keep kids in school for 40 hours a week learning essentials like drama, music, history, sewing, auto-mechanics, etc. Wouldn't those be best as hobbies, passions, and on-the-job skills training?
School is shifting under our feet. We can all feel it. Some districts and schools are trying to adapt, others to ignore. But do they really understand the implications of the fact that all knowledge is everywhere, all the time? That is Mcluhan! That is Gutenberg! All kids need to do to learn everything they will be taught in school is turn on their laptop in a Starbucks, or on a bus. How will schools compete with that? Accreditation be damned. Anyone can write a GED and the SATs. Schools are dead! Long live education.
|11/24/2009 20:28:57||District Level Administrator||A shift is definitely needed. We can't keep teaching the way we have done for the last 50 years. It only really worked for the top half anyway. However, no shift will be successful unless everyone, teachers, administrators, parents, community, and students, bands together to make lasting changes occur.|
|11/24/2009 20:35:56||Teacher, Instructional Technologist, Parent||The only thing that's constant is change. If change occurs, it's likely an organic process including all parties and society in general. Tech allows us to do things we never had time for before, and it provides teaching/learning tools never before imagined. The pace of change in tech will likely accelerate change in ed techniques whether or not we have educational directives from above. Learning networks will become more important and the true leaders will be - as always - the ones with creative vision - whether they are teachers, entrepeneurs, administrators or students. What shouldn't change - what's right with education - is the teacher's love of learning and passion for teaching in whatever form that takes.|
|11/24/2009 20:37:25||Teacher, Instructional Technologist, Professional Development||I see teachers as leaders with support from administrators.|
The shift is not in the use of technology but in the implementation of new pedagogies that enable the student being ready for the workplace.
|11/24/2009 20:49:29||Teacher||I believe a shift is needed. Teachers need to be given the time to develop that shift to giving our students the skills that will make them critical thinkers and to be able to maximize the use of tech in school. Teachers should be facilitators instead of deliverymen of knowledge. Students should be able to problem solve, discuss, collaborate to make real learning for themselves.|
|11/25/2009 0:17:04||Teacher||We need leadership to come together and start the change happening with all stakeholders. It needs to be a collaborative effort. Change starts here and there, we need to fill in the blanks where change hasn't occurred yet. We need a common vision. So it should be top down, bottom up, and middle explosion!|
|11/25/2009 2:33:35||Instructional Technologist||A shift is needed. My comments apply to UK primarily, but maybe elsewhere. Outcomes for children are often poor and very uneven, with social class, gender and geographical location having a huge influence. However, my chief concern is the lifelong learning sector, where there are also huge inequities. Technology could potentially alleviate these, but it also has the potential to exacerbate them (e.g. by excluding people). My 'day job' is about maximising the postiive influence of technology by empowering teachers and managers in the lifelong learning sectors.|