Thursday, December 11, 2008

S-L-O-W-L-Y Think, S-L-O-W-L-Y Learn

Rumination is not a quick process. To chew the cud is not just for cows. Geetha talks about a shift in education away from the current trend of fast learning.
We have separated computer technology from curriculum into its own cubby. Administrators point to "state-of-the-art" computer labs. Computer teachers teach computer courses. We have not integrated by and large. We have preserved the status quo by adding computer courses to our cafeteria curriculums.
This is not exploiting the potential of technology integration. Technology should be so integrated that it becomes invisible, seamless, and ubiquitous. By invisible, I mean the technology emphasizes the content not the technology tool used. When I speak about seamless I refer to an uninterrupted fusion of technology and curriculum. By ubiquitous I'm talking about availability to all learners where the learning is happening. Technology is best integrated into the classrooms, the hallways, the lunchrooms, the club meetings, the sports teams, anywhere learning is happening.
Much of my current disdain has to do with dissatisfaction of the separate courses, the lack of collegial collaboration, or technical support in my current situation. The hands down, absolute best part of my week are the times I get to use technology to support the learning happening in the classroom. When used in this way, I find enthusiastic teachers and students.
Today I heard a 1st grade reader make tremendous strides because she knew that the podcast will reach those at home, actively drawing them into her learning network.
Listen to Geetha and ruminate on her thoughts. Learn slowly. Enjoy the process. Don't hurry the product.

Podcast of Geetha's Global Summit Presentation

Geetha's Paper



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