Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Being that I will be working for Dr. Gray in about 3 weeks time, I am really looking forward to hearing what she has to say, both in content and in style. Dr. Gray's 'big ideas' that I connected with:
- James Bosco - Tools, Culture, and Education: Past-Present-Future - speaks to 'digital natives' versus 'digital immigrants', but his idea is that we're all pioneers and as leaders how we make sense of what is happening has a direct bearing on our roles in shaping educational policy and practices
- Tools for creation and transmission of culture
- Tools for the mind
- I loved the comparison between the Dewey Decimal System versus Google - which in my mind has implications around thought and organizing our thinking
- Integrating technology into the curriculum - focuses on tech skills and plugging in subject-area content into teaching tech skills
- Snorkeling the horse - comparison between traditional teaching methods being used with technology, which allow for newer and better ways of learning and teaching
- We're seeing integration or infusion, but not transformation or reform - a very intriguing thought and somewhat bothersome
- "There has never been a better or more important time to be an education professional than now" - and me entering my new role as VC project coordinator, I couldn't agree more
- The analogy of banks' use of technology was very much an eye-opener for me. I see glimmers of schools being transformed with technology, but mostly on the administrative side.
- *Getting on committes involved with Alberta Education's Business Plan - allows some measure of influence in policy direction and monies to support those policies (I'll have to remember that)
- The leader's role in understanding the 'place' of ICT - We need to have a vision.
To make an impactful chage in education with technology, a huge cultural shift will need to take place.