Posted August 25, 2015on:
I have always wondered why some teachers and school leaders are fond of citing ICT “use” in order to “prepare for the future”.
I could focus on why “use” is not as effective as “integration” or “immersion”, but that is for another day.
Take a straw poll and people will tell you that the future is uncertain. How can you prepare for what you cannot see or define?
We should be leveraging on the ICTs we already have to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities we have now. These are the smartphones in students pockets, their always-on connections, their indefinite reach, and their relevance now.
What we do now affects the future and helps shape it, so we should focus on the present and work our way forward. Focusing on the future (for example, “they will need this later”) is attempting to reverse engineer a projected need that may not exist.
I know what these well-intentioned teachers and leaders mean to say. Look forward. Do not teach the way you were taught. Prepare kids for their future, not your past.
These are messages that resonate with me too. But let us not forget the now because it is what we already have and the now shapes our future. The future messages are empty rhetoric; the actions we take now might prove historic.