Who is Ethan Young?

The other day after a common planning session, one of my colleagues shared this video of a student. You may see him an an ordinary pupil, but he speaks for the millennial masses under the Common Core standards reform. With an open mind, please check out this video and share your thoughts.

Is this an examplar of what Einstein deeply feared?

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein

I do believe that we have arrived to the confirmation of Mr. Einstein’s famous quote. If you don’t believe me, please check out this video and I’ll let you make the determination to see how far fetched it is from reality…

The Utopian Classroom of 2020?

Believe it or now, 2020 is only seven years from now. The following video by Corning gives a glimpse of the ideal classroom of the future. Check it out and see how close we are to this now.

After viewing this video, our millennial screenagers are already there. As an educator, are you ready for the future? Can you imagine teaching in that school, however still stuck with mentality of having the fear of the use of technology? (See my previous post on the “Luddite educator“) Times are changing, so shall we…

Luddite Educator (The New Oxymoron)

Sounds like a great title for a book or movie, eh? Here I am on my 2013 Spring Break dropping a few thoughts on some educators that exist that are still resistant from making the leap to embracing anything that requires electricity (other than the overhead projector) to support classroom instruction. Hey… Maybe it is a stigma to be a nerd and geek at the same time. What do you think?

I know a few awesome teachers that use none or minimal technology in their classrooms and are still effective. However, my question is how long will the routine of the luddite educator routine last when teaching millenials? IMHO, I believe that BYOD (the straw that breaks the camel back) will be the catalyst to promote the transformation.

There are many resources out there to help resistant educators to observe and try out new things in small increments. It is a fact that you only fear what you have very little or no knowledge of, therefore there is where you and I come in to share information such as TPACK to give an organized strategy in merging the use of technology and teaching pedagogy. This leads to my next blog post, if in 2020 if you are still considered a luddite educator, would your action of refusing to deal with technology be considered resistance or rebellion?

What thirst? What dendrites?

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

I had a great conversation with a fellow educator in regards to the future of education. He brought to my attention that with the increase use of technology in the music industry has resulted in the lack of true creativity, originality and quality of music. Is this issue the same in education? Or… Is the increase of electronic gadgetry in our lives crippling our dendrite expansion? Please reflect on those questions before you respond if you care to.

One example of how technology is limiting our thinking is to ask yourself, how many phone numbers do you know by memory that is programmed in your cell phone. Honestly, I don’t think I can remember any more numbers than the fingers on one hand.

Anyway, I ran into the above quote by Mr. D’Angelo this evening. In my humble opinion, I believe that a thirst for knowledge should be in the hearts of our learners. So, is it really a disservice to deny student use of technology such as using iPods & cell phones for education; and are we  missing an opportunity to engage our millennials to use these devices.

I guess I’ll leave the answers to the real decision makers and see what will happen within five or less years from today.