David Warlick [ @dwarlick] Educator of 37 years, author of 4 Instructional Technology books, active educational blogger at DavidWarlick.com.
Following are the questions that were posed to us and my answers:
In your opinion, what’s the most exciting thing happening right now in digital learning?
Individualized and personalized learning that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from mobile devices.
Technology versus textbooks: will there ever be a winner?
I don’t believe published paper text books to be a sound investment when there are dynamic and interactive digital options that can always be easily updated. While I may personally prefer the freely-available openness of the Internet and its vast array of resources, I understand the need for grade-level appropriate, self-contained, subject-specific digital texts. That said, I worry about student families and institutions being beholden to expensive publisher costs for eTexts.
What’s going to be the next big thing in educational technology?
If you could give one piece of advice to teachers about to integrate technology in their classroom this fall, what would it be?
Don’t hesitate because you think you have to be the controlling expert. Start small and learn alongside your class. Most importantly: Have fun!
What’s your best kept EdTech secret?
If there is an “EdTech secret”, it’s that people are the most significant ‘technology’ and that learning occurs best when powerful connections are made. Technology is simply a tool to help teachers extend their reach and for students to access content, investigate, share, and produce demonstrations of their understandings.
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I’ve been talking with a lot of educational leaders lately who have ideas of throwing technology (hardware) at students but, lack a vision or inability to articulate a mind set that encompasses the philosophical shift required to move from 19th Century education to 21st Century teaching and learning.
Educational Technology is only as good as A New Mind Set needed to implement it to its full potential.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School recognised that mobile devices, communications and technology play an important role in enabling mobile learning. The school wanted to have a network that encouraged students and staff to support and introduce new ways of learning and education delivery.