Done with Tech Integration
I’ve had technology in my job title since my very first teaching job, and I’m done with it.
Technology Integration made sense to me when tech described a limited resource. How can you make the best use of this thing when you’ve got it?
Under that model, integration had a clear meaning. Fit the Jenga block into the structure as best you can. Carefuly now!
The old integration imagined “technology” as a menu of small discrete tools and resources. My job was to venture into the wilds and bring the best inside the walls of classroom.
3 years into 1:1 at a school, in an age where every person who walks through our doors claims 2 or more IP addresses, those same activities aren’t integration. They’re sloppy defense.
Content apps, flipped classrooms, interactive whiteboards, the whole #edtech miasma; all of it feels artificial and frantic; a last ditch attempt to funnel the rising tide around a sandcastle.
Look, I’m not trying to bad mouth the castle. We all worked on it for a long time.
But in these last moments, I don’t want to watch Neuschwanstein crumble one tower at a time.
Let’s keep building, making great use of what’s free, cheap and rising.
Let’s build Venice.