The other day at an iPad workshop, a participant wondered what we would do in our classrooms in a couple of years when the iPad became obsolete. Of course the iPad will become obsolete, but many of us involved with technology integration are so focused on trying to figure out how to leverage the existing technology in a meaningful way that we don’t step back to look at the big picture.
There is a section of the workshop that focuses on the big picture, which is the pedagogical implications of technology as a whole, but many of the participants still look to us for guidance of what apps to use in their classrooms. While using specific apps is a necessary focus for teachers who are just starting to integrate technology for their students, we also need to reinforce a foundation which will guide us through the ever changing technological landscape. Seth Godin’s blog states:
Most of the time, we build our jobs and our organizations and our lives around today, assuming that tomorrow will be a lot like now. Resilience, the ability to shift and respond to change, comes way down the list of the things we often consider.
In order to build resiliency with our teachers, we need to reinforce that technology use in our classrooms needs to be focused on the key pedagogical principles of collaboration, creation and communication. These principles will need to guide our teaching and learning, regardless of what device we end up using in the classroom next.
So here’s the big question: what are some other key pedagogical principles that will ultimately help teachers build resiliency in their practice?