This article from the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is one of many that warns school leaders of the dangers of putting teachers in a room to collaborate without a highly structured protocol guiding their conversation.
This video below of a highly motivated team, working hard and working together shows that without a plan – teamwork doesn’t always result in the positive outcomes that you might envision.
Throughout the history of mankind, there have been many shifts and many different types of shifts. The most recent shifts have been documented in the many Youtube “Shift Happens” videos. Some shifts sneak up on us and we didn’t see them coming and people kind of look around asking themselves what happened to the “good old days”. As I watched the Project Glass Live Demoat Google I/O I got the sensation that I was witnessing a huge shift in the making. In his keynote speech at the 2012 eTech Ohio conference for educators, Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, gave his vision for the future of computing. He explained that computers would be like electricity – it would be everywhere, yet nowhere. He described electricity as being all around us but yet we never see it – it is just there. The Google Glasses are the tip of the iceberg in this trend.
My next question becomes, how will or can this technology impact education? Additionally, how will school policies adapt to allow educators and students to take advantage of this shift?
Making the pedagogical shift from a teacher centered classroom to a student centered classroom.