I might as well start somewhere. Welcome to my first post. I’m looking forward to using this blog space as a place to write and share reflections and work related to the Digital Education Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University as well as my work as an Instructional Technology TOSA.
If we do things right, eventually the words Educational Technology will just describe a set of tools that are used most widely in Education, as opposed to an educational movement. After all, we don’t consider chalk and slates, ball point pens, or cable TV as part of Educational Technology, although arguably they could have been considered that in their time. Now they are just ubiquitous tools used seamlessly within the daily life of the classroom.
It feels like the conversation in the last few years around Educational Technology has been shifting from the what and how of the tools and software purchased in education toward clarifying and clearly articulating the purpose, or the why, of technology’s role in education. Simon Sinek in his “Golden Circle” TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action) suggests that we have gone about this backward. If we can clearly articulate why it’s so important for teachers to use technology as a tool to support student learning, the what and how will be easier to sustain and “sell” to people. That’s my goal, to sell people on the why. As soon as it’s clear to me I’ll be sure to share it here.