Thus far this is what I’ve found:
- The Future of Learning is going to be exciting and empowering for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
- The Future of Learning is going to be scary for teachers, administrators, and parents (not students).
Not sure what I mean? The classic technology paradox here is easier to understand with a few analogies.
I attended an Apple iOS 9.3 seminar on the new controls for the iPad, and after seeing how locked down the devices can become, I realized that it is not the direction I want to go. But, teachers and administration is afraid of what the students will do with unfettered access. It’s easy for me to say, “we have processes in place and will use those procedures when something inappropriate happens”, however, that really doesn’t help anyone to sleep at night.
When my students are distracted by their devices, I view that mostly as a failure on my part.