Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Connections in our lives...

The technology tools we use comfortably in this generation are different than those with which our parents or grandparents were comfortable.
Remember those live people answering business phones? Remember adjusting the rabbit ears before Laugh In came on the tv? Remember walking to the mailbox? These were once up-to-date technology tools.
Today our tech tools may include an iPhone, an iPod, Joost, an RSS Reader, Skype, or Operator 11. These are the tools with which this generation are comfortable. There are tools which I have left out. There are so many......
In the year 2020, those entering Kindergarten this fall will graduate high school. Which technology tools have yet to be invented? With which tools will those graduates be comfortable? How will we give them the preparation they will need to learn those tools, to discover tools, to analyze the news, or to become lifelong learners and great citizens?
I think we need to focus less on the importance of the tools and more on what they will do for us. These new tech tools will do a lot for us! It is important to learn to use them, but that is not the point. It is not the end. Tools are the means to the end.
The end is to create effective citizens for the future. Their future, and our retirement.
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Simon said...

Tools are just that tools to help us do something, get somewhere. They probably won't need help learning the tools. The real education begins with how we can use the tools to benefit ourselves, to get that promotion we're after, to do further study, to enable us to get that holy grail of work/life balance right. If the tools help them, they'll use them. We have to teach decernment about which tools would be most appropriate.

Durff said...

I need help with the tools. I know how, I know why. Maybe there are two kinds of conversants - those who need help (like me) with the tools and those who (like you suggest) need help with using the tools. In that case, can we include both classes of conversants? Am I personally doing enough, and the right things, to include everyone in the conversation? How can I personally be less ethnocentric and strive to intentionally include more international conversants?