I ran onto this article on The Economist website. I think it really hits at the heart of technology use.
The article discusses social networking and the desire to harness its value for business purposes. What if your students used something like Facebook to collaborate and create?
I think this will be the defining struggle for teachers over the next few years. How do we stop fighting technology and actually use it?
In A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink discusses empathy and symphony. I think that empathy can be effectively developed through collaboration and team work. That is the basic idea behind social networking. Collaboration. People are sociable creatures, so why can’t we accept that tendency in our students? And why are we as teachers so scared to use technology to guide our students towards productive development of empathy?
Dan Pink also made me rethink technology when he discusses the “symphony” aptitude. Our students are facing a deluge of new technology. Our job is to help them sift through that technology and create meaningful patterns of information. Can we do that if we ignore the most-used technology of our students?
And on a side note, I would hate to forget the “play” aptitude. Our students love Facebook and other social networking. Surely we can find a way to take this “playful” technology and help our students be productive with it.Share