If this tweet was a statement in a sermon, I would say amen to that.
Teachers, examiners, and adminstrators disallow and fear technology because doing what has always been done is just more comfortable and easier.
Students are forced to travel back in time and not use today’s technologies in order to take tests that measure a small aspect of their worth. They bear with this burden because their parents and teachers tell them they must get good grades. To some extent that is true as they attempt to move from one level or institution to another.
But employers and even universities are not just looking for grades. When students interact with their peers and the world around them, they learn that character, reputation, and other fuzzy traits not measured in exams are just as important, if not more so.
Tests are losing relevance in more ways than one. They are not in sync with the times and they do not measure what we really need.
In an assessment and evaluation Ice Age, there is cold comfort in the slowness of change. There is also money to be made from everything that leads up to testing, the testing itself, and the certification that follows.
Like a glacier, assessment systems change so slowly that most of us cannot perceive any movement. But move they do. Some glaciers might even be melting in the heat of performance evaluations, e-portfolios, and exams where students are allowed to Google.
We can either wait the Ice Age out or warm up to the process of change.
By reading what thought leaders share every day and by blogging, I bring my magnifying glass to examine issues and create hotspots. By facilitating courses in teacher education I hope to bring fuel, heat, and oxygen to light little fires where I can.
What are you going to do in 2014?
If you have been following our informal learning video series on CeL-Ed, you might have noticed a few changes this month.
As we review our workflow and experiences, we will introduce even more changes. One change might mean culling channels. For now we are making the changes I outline in the video above.
So what are you waiting for? Watch, comment, and subscribe!
- Monday with Ashley
- Tuesday with Kartini
- Wednesday with Yeu Ann
- Thursday with Fareed
- Friday with Choo & Niko
On a separate and unrelated note, I will be away on a family vacation this week but I will still be scheduling an entry a day.
Anyone who still thinks or says that the iPad is only for consumption should watch this video.
Sure, it is in the hands of a master. But why should apprentices not practice and create on the same?
After the hacker, what would the next most logical thing be to blame? I say first the security of the server and then the people who maintain it. You do not need to be a Sherlock Holmes to follow that logic.
But let us say that you are part of an IT security team of another system. You decide to take this opportunity to remind users to be secure.
What is the logic of this?
This is like reminding you to lock your car in a parking structure that threatens to collapse. This is like reminding you to use two-factor authentication for online banking when the doors and safe are easy to open.
I agree that most breaches stem from human factors. But some people would rather create the fear of being responsible for a breach than follow and present a logical course of action.
The Google Slides are here.
As is my practice now, I will be leveraging on a backchannel, online polls, and interactions with the audience so that they become participants.
I like creating dissonance, but I hope I do not scare them too much!
By the time you read this, I should be on board a plane to the Philippines. No, I am not on a vacation. I have been invited to deliver a keynote on e-learning.
I think I unconsciously used the wedding mantra of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” to get ready.
The “something old” was my reliance on Google Slides. They are easy to prepare and share. I am also using my old strategy of making the slides heavy on images.
The new element was the content. I opted not to rehash something I said before so I am going to talk about four fear factors on e-learning.
What did I borrow? As usual, the CC-licensed images from Flickr and my old Google Slides as templates.
How about something blue? My face.
I am blue because I am running out of air. Maybe I took on too much service-oriented work. Maybe some of it was thrust on me. But I am glad to be doing this because pushing myself is the one of the best ways to learn.
ICE2013, ready or not, here I come!