Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Last Gasp of EdTech - 5 Reasons Why EdTech Ain't Important Anymore

Have you read this? It reads like a librarian's advocacy memo, but written by edtech specialists instead...you know, edtech evangelists. The article describes how important edtech specialists are and why we need them.
We desperately need to improve on this record, which is why schools need to make hiring educational technology professionals -- whether specially trained classroom teachers or dedicated staffers -- a top priority. Investment in new technologies can only move a school forward when it's supported effectively by people. Educational technology specialists provide necessary guidance to teachers and students in order to maximize the pedagogical reach of tech acquisitions.
Source: Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals
The point it misses is that technology has gotten so easy that anyone can use it. And, that the longer we persist in separating out the tech-experts, the longer it will take for everyone else to buckle down and use the tech they have in their hands.

Maybe we need a list for edtech professionals, just like this one from that link mill, Colleges Online, which is always coming up with the list of top ## blogs or whatever.

16 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians are Still Extremely Important
  1. Not Everything is Available on the Internet
  2. Digital Libraries are not the Internet
  3. The Internet isn't Free
Ok, that's just 3 reasons and I'm already feeling librarians are NOT extremely important according to this list.    

Let's see...5 reasons EdTech Professionals Aren't Really Important Anymore:

1. Technology is so easy a baby can do it. 

 2. Technology isn't a special event anymore; it's ubiquitous and used all the time.

3. Even technophobes--like teachers--are realizing that technology connects them in ways they never imagined....and hand-holding is for woosies and babes.
Source: From Now On (oh, the irony)

4. Data-driven teaching, learning and leading requires technology use.

 Hmm...anyone question those results?

5. Online learning circumvents the non-technology teacher. What does that say to you?

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure


Curt L. said...

Agreed that in many cases, ed tech folk need not be the momma bird who pre-digests the tech and then disgorges it to the hungry chicks. The days of such a maternalistic/paternalistic model are over.

The new role for ed tech folks seems to me to be more one of wayfinding. With the explosion of new tools, platforms, ubiquity, which tools are most likely to benefit kids? It's often said that a good coach can't win the game for the players, but he or she can put the players in a position to win. Ed tech people who know something about teaching and understand what tech tools mean, not just what they do, can help put teachers and students in a position to win. The job is much more about context than content than it used to be, and there is a role there for specialists.

Dan McGuire said...

I'm not clear about what you're saying, Miguel. Are you saying that you're not important anymore? You're an edtech person, right?

I haven't observed that the five things you list that make edtech unimportant are actually occurring ubiquitously.

I think there will be a time when we no longer consider learning tools as something apart from the learning process, but we're not there, yet.

Genuine Leadership #4: Gratitude