In terms of bringing the latest and greatest technology to our students, do we always need to be going for the brightest, shiniest, new thing? I think sometimes we get a little too caught up with wanting to constantly be on the cutting edge in our classrooms. Do I like to learn new tools, ideas, and strategies? Absolutely I do. It’s one way we can make student learning better. Of course with technology, there’s always something newer on the horizon. iDevice 1, iDevice 2, etc., etc. whatever it may be. Do we want it? Sure. Do we always need it? I don’t think so. There are lots of awesome things happening with what we’ve got and we need to keep sharing them. It’s easy to forget those things with all the bad press education has been getting lately. Always grabbing for what’s new and shiny can tend to take focus off the great things happening already.
It just seems to me that we’re all too quick to label things we just learned about a year ago (or less) as “dated” or “yesterday’s news”. Do you agree? Think about anything you learned about a year ago. This can be an online publishing tool or it can be a great idea for integrating technology into a lesson. Do you still use it? Are you not going to share about it with other teachers or students if asked because it’s already old hat to you?
We’ve always got big things on the horizon. It’s important to work towards them and achieve them. Let’s just not be so quick to cast them aside when we finally do get to the next new thing.