The following notes were shared with BRSU boards as part of a presentation on understanding the implications of technology on education in September 2009.
Most people acknowledge that technology is having and will have a tremendous impact on education. This impact needs to be considered when developing plans for the future. I can categorize this impact in two areas: learning, and operations.
- Re-structuring of knowledge (Dewey Decimal System) due to increasing amounts of information
- New tools for students and teachers (Gapminder now in Google Docs; Google Earth – Map the Fallen; History of Hartford, VT)
- Social communication platforms mimic how students learn: all learning is social (Twitter in the Classroom)
- Opening of education (software, online platforms MIT Open Courseware); personalization of learning – “disaggregation of one”
- New understandings of how the brain works, motivation and creativity (Daniel Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation; Sir Ken Robinson – Schools Kill Creativity)
- Digitization (information systems and record management) – huge opportunity
- Flattening – fewer intervening layers between management and staff
- Communication and collaboration across traditional organizational boundaries; increased stakeholder participation;
- Potential for greater efficiencies and lower costs