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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.

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2 thoughts on “Done with Tech Integration

    • Well, that was a failure.

      I’ve had a few run-ins lately with technology… a colleague who didn’t realize that her log-in name was wrong on the school’s website, a group of kids who didn’t know how to Google stuff (admittedly 4th graders, but the truth is that lots of kids still don’t seem to know how to do ‘basic’ computing or Internet tasks. They may be ‘digital natives’ but that doesn’t mean they understand their homeland’s makeup or rules… sigh.

      Anyway, made this today while thinking about our Baroque Cycle conversation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anselm23/8260920129/

      It turns out that any technology sufficiently simple becomes a kind of magic all its own, as well. Going backwards in time renders technology as ordinary as knots to be mysterious and difficult-to-understand, if you don’t know how to understand them. Between these and the astrolabes, my Design Lab is becoming a recapitulation of the history of technology, rather than a forward-thinking lab of the future. Hmm.

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