Living and learning in a technology-rich world changes everything. Well it should... but too often, the results haven’t always been as expected. The living part is of course, the way we all now complete our daily routines; there is nothing we do that is not touched by the ubiquity of technology in every facet of our lives. It’s the learning part that is problematic. We’ve lived in a technology-sparse environment in education for so long that we have forgotten what expectations we might have had at one time for how learning would be transformed as technology immersed our schools, and beyond. On one level we should not be surprised, because it has taken us so long to leave behind old assumptions about technology access belonging to a lab or being shared, rather than being a truly personal experience. We will surely look back in years to come and wonder how we ever believed the learning environments for young people at the end of the first decade of the 21st Century should not have been truly technology-rich. But such has been the (mis)fortune of students and educators alike, who now have the good fortune and opportunity to break new ground, discover new possibilities, as they re-conceptualise the nature of teaching and learning in a technology-rich learning world.
Via Edumorfosis, Alma Vega