As we wait for quicker network connections at school I’ve been reflecting on the things that we have grown up but are becoming out-of-date and why:
- Letterboxes (people relying on email/text/twitter)
- Fixed phone lines (everybody has a mobile phone)
- Car keys (sensor locks)
- Wallets (credit card details can be on the iPhone, as well as virtual cash)
- Television sets (replaced by iPad/iPhone/computers/ Internet television ITV)
- Diaries (iPhones)
- Cash (ATM’s, credit cards)
- DVD, CD’s (replaced by iPad/laptops/computers/ITV)
- Bricks and mortar schools (replaced by e-learning, distance education)
- Retail shops (replaced by online shopping)
I hope we don’t see schools heading the same way.
The world students are growing up in is very different to the world we experienced. I think it’s important to reflect on this and how pervasive technology is in their lives. The things they use each day don’t disappear, they just become smaller, faster and more powerful.
Society seems to have been able to adapt to these changes, perhaps with a little nostalgic yearning for the good old days. We shouldn’t see these as threats but as opportunities to enhance our lives. It has to be the same for schools. ICT is only an extension of the teacher’s toolkit; its how we use the tools to support learning will determine students’ futures.