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From Gutenberg to Gates to Google and Beyond

by Ian Jukes

…who’s completely reading his presentation.

Got here a little late. (Why did the Fun Run line take so long?)

Gutenberg’s press cut out the middle man and gave the lowest class access to information (the Bible). The church leaders were disintermediated.

Things have led to the era of Gates…things have changed just like they did when Gutenberg invented the press. Changes are happening exponentially…

This isn’t new information…

What’s today’s challenge as educators? What is the road ahead?

What we see today has to be viewed as part of a continuum of what was and what will be. What will the future hold and how do we deal with it?

So far Ian has talked about many of the new tools that Google has developed and some of the rumors of Google Office, a Google PC, a Google phone, and Google Wi-Fi. All to create the Google Grid. There is much more to come along the lines of a grander plan…everything we do will be included is this new “plan.”

Many educators are using new technology tools to simply do the same thing they have been doing, but with technology. Instead, the way education works has to change. Information is easily personalized so that users get only the information they need/want. How will those types of changes affect teachers? Will they be replaced?

This type of change is in your face…we will be compelled to rethink teaching. What will the new model look like?

(Still reading…)

How do you get a rubber band to stay stretched out? Heat it, freeze it, change it, etc. but the rubber band will jump back to its origianl shape it the pressure is taken away. It’s the same thing with educators…we can nod and say, “Amen!” but when the rubber hits the road will we stay changed or jump back to the way we’ve always done it?

Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’m not sure he’s said anything new, or put a different spin on what’s already been discussed elsewhere. The bottom line is, “Education has to change to meet the new way in which students learn and how information is now available.”

Now it’s turned into a advertisement…


4 Responses

  1. Teachers being replaced…. I do not think so, our roles being reworked, a must. I see teachers in the future more like mentors and guides to the learning process. The “state” will always tell us what kids must know. But the teacher takes these goals, students’ intersests, strenghts, weaknesses and the real learning needs to be a contibuting member of the global community and guides the student to meets these expectations. The teacher offers tools, opprotunity, suggestions, encourgement and at times focus as the student works independantly and collaboratively in creating an understanding of “all that is” for themselves. The student becomes part of the learning community and leaves their mark on the collective body of knowledge. The student learns that knowledge is an ever growing web, and belongs to no one inparticular, but that they can learn from and contribute to this body of knowledge.

    Teachers must also learn that they are not the gate keepers to knowledge a role that has been engrained in our thinking for decades That vision must change. Teachers need to realize that they are part of the learning community and they to must learn from and contribute to the global, growing body of knowledge. They need to share their experience and become a guide for others. I could keep going – you have hit a never with this one.. how to recreate the role of teacher.

  2. Did you hear Nicholas Negroponte’s keynote address Thursday morning? He talked about how that in Africa the “teachers” have a 6th grade education and with the implementation the One Laptop Per Child project that the students will quickly know more than their teachers. What happens to teachers then?

    Now that’s a special case perhaps, but what’s going to happen to the teachers who refuse to step off the stage…will there come a point where students revolt against them?

  3. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana during the mid 80’s. Most students in the secondary school I worked at did not give teachers a second thought – they just wanted access to the books and our notes. They read and memorized everything. It took them a while to realize my husband to be and I actually could teach and had information in our heads to share. I see the students just grabing the information and the new tools and running away though all that knowledge – those teachers will be tolerated as keepers of the technology just as they were keepers of the books.

    Here it will be a bit tougher to place teachers who do not adapt or change but since change in schools is so slow many will reach retirement before the schools change to much.

  4. […] I have been trying to keep up on the happenings at NECC. There are so many sources of information. As I am reading the blogs, new post keep appearing – I could do this all day and night it seems. Two of the posts got my attention, Kevin Clark’s REMC Ramblings and Wesley Fryer’s Speed of Creativity. The general tone of these posts is that there are lots of tools, so now what do you do with them and what is the future role of teachers. I left a comment at REMC but started to get carried away. Below is the expended comment. […]

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