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Christmas carols remind me of change

Posted on: December 25, 2014

Over the last ten years, I have celebrated Christmas in different countries. Over that time, I have also noticed that I celebrate it differently.

One difference has been the way my family listens to Christmas carols. Whether at home or in the car, we might have listened to MP3 files ten years ago. Now I stream YouTube videos.

They might be traditional or semi-traditional carols like the ones from Pentatonix [1] [2]. Or they might be quirky and offbeat ones by Paint and Brett Domino.

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Not only could we listen to beautifully (or amusingly) performed carols, we could watch the artistes in action too!

The change was natural and innocuous, not forced or spectacular. It just seemed like the normal thing to do as technology evolved. This did not make celebrating Christmas worse. It made things better because we had greater options.

Why can we not do the same in schools by integrating technology naturally, transparently, and quietly?

Because we measure their effectiveness with the wrong tools (tests).

Because administrators who do not understand teaching and learning want KPIs.

Because we tend to embrace inertia instead of celebrating change.

Because schools create a bubble that learns little from the real world.

In that sense, schools are like a bah-humbugging Scrooge that refuses to learn from the past, acknowledge the present, and prepare for the future.

From one change agent to another, here is my present to you.

time_for_changeIt is a reminder that there is never a good or bad time for change. The time for change is now.

Oh, and wherever you are in the world and whatever language you speak, may you have a meaningful time of year!

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