The divide of the “tech world and non-techies.”
After spending five days at ISTE in Denver, with my peeps and “birds of a feather” groups, I will soon head to Orlando for the Apple Distinguished Educators Summer Institute. I was and will be others that understand me and I don’t have to explain myself. It feels so good and the learning is incredible. Then, while working with the Golden Apple Scholars on an online project, I was helping the college students and fellow teachers, they could barely login and answer a question online. Many berate you and state “I don’t have time for that,” or “I couldn’t log in.” and “What is a hyperlink?”
What a divide we live in. One area of education that is plugged in and creating and one group that finds it hard to create online or simply set up an account on the various social networks. (We haven’t even talked about setting up a wiki or website) It would be easy for me to be with those who understand me and hang with the “techies,” but where is the balance? In the world of social networks and technology, we often ask “how can we move and change education?” Well, it doesn’t start with those who “get it,” it starts with those who “don’t.” We have to patiently sit and at times, “hold the hand,” of those who are extremely low in tech skills. We have to set up the non-techie for success. This has to be a conscience effort – ONE person at at time. The personalization of technology and the “private” lesson in tech has to be the norm for some of these individuals.
Now the balance. We are hanging too much with ourselves. We need to “get out more.” So, as part of the twitter and plurk talk it should revolve around “who’d you help today?” Wouldn’t that be a great movement? This would be were we would post who we moved into the 21st century with online learning, setting up a classroom wiki, or simply got their files online. Let’s start small.
So, this school year I will document, using a google doc, who I helped and what they learned or setup – ONE teacher at a time. I think I have found my balance and with that, a movement of learning. Look for updates and how my “mini” movement is going. This is my new charge and new mission.