Vision challenge - Part 1
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Here's a challenge for all of us educational technology advocates...
Can we articulate in a few short sentences or paragraphs what the
end result looks like?Children learning collaboratively, students
as self-directed learners, a computer in every kid's hand, ubiquitous Internet
access, creative problem-solving rather than rote memorization, global
interconnections, etc. Whatever we think the desired end point should be: can we
articulate it in a clear, concise manner that's easily conveyable to others? Can
we describe what students and teachers and administrators are doing and why
(i.e., the educational purposes and benefits of doing so)?
One of the key aspects of successful facilitation of change is the ability to
convey a clear vision of what lies at the other end. As
David Warlick notes, many of us feel that we need to tell a new story. However, it's not enough to just say we need one. We actually need to tell it. So can we
do it? Can we tell the new story?
I look forward to seeing what we come up with...