Monday, April 29, 2013

Being a Change Agent aka The Status Quo Sucks

photo by Blackwood
Today was the last lecture for our Educational Technology and Design class. Our carefully chosen lecture topic was "Being a Change Agent in Your School". All too often we hear from our students that we are the only ones who are not only preaching but also modeling the use of technology in teaching and learning. All too often our students who graduate with heads and hearts full of great innovative ideas meet the wall of problems created by stubborn teachers AND technology coordinators in their new workplaces. Ronald Regan once said “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for ''the mess we're in."

How many of our students will stand up against the status quo? How many will be changed by the old cadre? The changes are upon us. Cedar Falls is adopting the one-to-one model. Waterloo... Well, that area needs some time and some creative teachers that will find a way to bring 21st century tools on a budget. Will they thrive and become valuable assets to their schools? Only time will show.

We pulled them today during our regular backchannel discussion via the coveritlive! The results are promising:

Morning lecture:

The afternoon lecture was more cautious:

George Bernard Shaw once said:
Some men see things as they are and ask “Why?”
I dream things that never were and ask “Why Not?

Good luck guys! You are a smart bunch. Just don't lose the enthusiasm, dream big, and never stop learning! As my friend, Martajek, says: "Those who don't keep marching perish"

Good advice:  give up on trying to always be the best! Let your students teach you the newest!
Let them be the technology leaders, let them come up with the new ideas. That would empower them and give you the opportunity to learn from them. You will deliver the content, your students will implement it via technology. Win- win! :-)

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