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Lay edtech mindset

Posted on: December 6, 2019

 
Larry Cuban shared a collection of comics that provided commentary on kids and technology.

There is some truth in the funny frames, but they mostly rehashed unnuanced tropes. This is probably because everyone, their grandmother, and the occasional comic artist has an opinion about kids and technology.

Such opinion is rarely expert or informed. I cannot blame them if they are not students of edtech because this is a broad, complex, and ever-changing field. But I can point a critical finger at folks who do not bother to ask the kids or keep learning like kids.

A layperson’s view of edtech is not just inadequate, it is irresponsible particularly if that person is a teacher who internalises popular culture. This is why I promote professional development that addresses mindsets first. If we do not change attitudes and beliefs, we will not change behaviours.

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