To start with – I’m a HUGE fan of technology … of all the fun of trying out something new and interesting; and I love having mind experiments where I imagine how it can be used for learning and such.
So I was THRILLED that I’m going to be presenting at a Tech Expo for one of my clients … and in preparing for it I had conversations about the different techs they were looking to showcase. “Houston, we have a problem … ”
The entire focus is backwards! Why oh why are they focusing on the technology first? It’s like those Judy Garland and Micky Rooney movies … “we’ve got a barn full of clothes and stuff – let’s put on a show!” To the point, this group has not looked at the lack of tech adoption by their learners (which in my opinion has much more to do with this group’s mis-perceptions rather than the characteristics of the learners themselves, who would be willing to quickly adopt tech for their learning needs – so long as it had some clear benefit in doing so) … nor has this group done even an iota of assessing what the LEARNING NEEDS are …
Instead, they jump right to all this ‘glitz and glamour’ so they can pretend to be impressive and invaluable.
It will be a definite challenge for me … I’ll want to push (gently!) them into the realm of figuring out learning needs FIRST and then determine the best tool to meet those needs … and I cannot tick them off in the process. Should be fun.