Rethinking Schooling

Children in Classroom in Keene New Hampshirephoto © 2011 Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County | more info (via: Wylio)

I’m a huge fan of using technology to rethink schooling. But it’s the rethinking that matters, not the technology. What matters is how we use these tools to solve problems smarter, deliver knowledge, support students, reimagine instruction, refashion cost structures, and challenge students in new ways. Unfortunately, in far too many places, educators, industry shills, and technology enthusiasts seem to imagine that the technology itself will be a difference-maker. Good luck with that.

via blogs.edweek.org (When “Digital Natives” Discover the Encyclopedia – Rick Hess Straight Up – Education Week)

Rick Hess makes a valid point in this post. It is a common, oft heard refrain, it is not the technology. We need to rethink and change schooling to both reflect our times and what we want society to be, based on prinicples of democracy, justice and equity. Technology is not the answer, however, it does afford us the opportunity to connect and enhance learning in ways we never could before, but that takes good teaching, reflective & critical thought, not just throwing technology into schools.

(originally quoted this on December 22, 2010 – trying to catch up!)

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