We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor. A rise in specialists in all areas - science, math, history, psychology - has resulted in tremendous content. But how valuable is that knowledge without context?
Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists - but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts. Instead, according to writer Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries generalists will thrive in a culture where it’s becoming increasingly valuable to know “a little bit about a lot.”
Meaning that where you fall on the spectrum of specialist to generalist could be one of the most important aspects of your personality - and your survival in an ever-changing workplace.
Complexity scientists, such as John Holland, see specialists and generalists playing complementary roles. The challenge might be we have moved so far to the specialist and expert end that generalists are not valued. It may be less about one being dominant and more about an integrative value being seen in both roles.
The super-digital native will be bold. The super-digital native will be fearless. The super-digital native will be equipped with best practices for engaging critically with technology for teaching and learning.
Reading Stuart Kaufman's work in complexity science suggests it might look quite different than this. He proposes that technology will come and go which means, as Marcus Wright suggests, we need to provide wisdom and understanding to the current generation so they can teach the next generation.
It is an interesting study. The key point made in the article is about a responsibility to meet the needs of all students. Some will be able to 'succeed in some form' without teacher, but that does not apply across the spectrum. There will always be a demand for teachers. There roles may morph over time.
A complement is an add on. Leadership is an integral component of what teachers regardless of media. Pedagogy, at its roots, is about leadership which we have gotten away from. Teachers are leaders by the very nature of their work which is a vocation and gives voice to what they do. It is the dream job many of us aspired to as opposed to being an administrator.
Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
This is not a surprise. Several of the tech gurus working in Alberta's public education system denied for several years the risks that existed in the use of online tools.
The challenge for educators is the kids have an awareness level that makes them quite savvy. Last year, administration in our school blocked Facebook because of some issues. The next day several students accessed Facebook through their G4 technology. We need to work with the students rather than make decisions that make us look foolish.
This is the way to approach teaching children about the Internet. When teachers engage their students in conversations about something that students understand, there is the possibility learning can happen. It happens with teaching, but is not guaranteed.
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Educators should be part of the ecology. There is a need for them to be embedded within the learning and teaching they undertake. It concerns me that we want to connect education with the market. If this means we are exploring the polis, I am good with that. I wonder if that is what we mean? Somehow I think it is a neo-liberal approach.
I do not make a direct link between training and learning. Training has very specific outcomes and learning can be defined much more broadly usually with personal motivation and curiosity being central.
There is no question technology is something that inserts its way into the day. Teachers need to find ways to integrate into their active teaching and remain active in their teaching. Technology is not an island where we cast students adrift. Perhaps, less red tape and paper work would be in order.
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson, in the second half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, suggests that U.S. students are losing ground because educators put access and resources ahead of knowledge and learning.
n el Pasado, los Maestros le DIO Vida AL APRENDIZAJE párr Las Generaciones de Estudiantes - Que no sean Distintas a la de Hoy. Pero Ellos Estaban Operando en Un ambiente de Escasez Que Hacen los maestros de Hoy estremecen (y lo Hacen, Cada Vez Que el Internet Es Por Algo Más Que des corto Tiempo). A Medida Que La Información Disponible y de Nuestra palabra capacidad, párr acceder a este Aumenta ella, this Nueva Economía de la Información no está Transformando la Práctica de la Enseñanza y el los papeles de profesor y alumno.
Maslow in his book, Maslow on Management, was skeptical about the technological pace and the impact it would have on people. The article offers something important that needs to be considered. Are students and teachers needs adequately being met? Where does cyber-bullying fit into the hierarchy?
This is training and not learning. I am OK with that, but we need to be clear we know the difference. Learning can happen around broad objectives which lack clarity. For example, learning multiple perspectives is not something easily prescribed, but creative teachers meet the challenge every day.
"The ConnectEDucators program would help educators leverage technology and data to personalize learning and improve college- and career-ready instruction, ensuring that as schools increase access to broadband Internet through the ConnectED Initiative, teachers and leaders are prepared to use these resources in a way that increases student learning and achievement. [expand/collapse]"
The opening lines are an accurate assessment of a thoughtful pedagogue's approach. This will happen in any setting whether it is virtually or geographically located. The idea of pedagogy being a critical thinking activity is narrow although it does connect teaching and learning. It is a mindful and thoughtful set of activities that certainly involve critical thinking and reflection about caring relationships.
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And, we can be all of those things and not be a technologists. It means being a decent person regardless of the setting. Also, one does not have to be decent to be a technologist. Like all communities, there are personal differences that exist on a continuum.