I had the opportunity, in my professional development sessions today to hear Ian Jukes speak. It was a presentation that both caused me to really ponder technology and the four ‘exponential’ trends…and caused me a degree of uncertainty about school systems and their ability to provide for technological advancements, about children and how they cope with traditional models for the present…and frankly, about myself and the other adults who are ‘aging-out’ in a world of expanding bandwidths and the likes of the Nokia n-Gage.
1. Moore’s Law based on Gordon Moore (Intel 1963)
2. Photonics (The Law of the Photon)
3. The exponential trend of the Internet and
4. The INFOWHELM!
Books for me to find and read:
1. Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman
2. Tele-cosm by George Gilder
3. Teaching for Tomorrow by Ted McCain
4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gadwell
I think that because I’ve been thinking about the concept of TIME lately, it was TIMELY! As soon as it is available on his site, I will make available here, his 150 page handout on the session given today…but for now, a quote…
“Don’t view things just for how they are today….everything is a part of a continuum…the future.” (This…in direct contrast to my tendency to grasp the magic out of each moment…each day…with a ‘softened’ focus on the past or on the future.)
There was an incredible predictability and security in our childhood. Those were the days when we sat down and ate meals together, homecooked meals! ‘Dads’ got home at 5:45. We watched Bonanza and Hockey Night in Canada. Today, it is a fact that we are living in a world riddled with exponential technology and growth…and as that technology becomes more complex, we become more and more disconnected…from one another.
So many issues relative to this…but in the end, a huge implication for education is the undeniable fact that children’s brains are re-wiring after an entire generation has been ‘plugged in’ and the Human Brain Project has indicated that for fact, the Visual Cortex is 20% larger in children today than those of the past. Most children are either visual or visual-kinesthetic learners and if this is not addressed in their classroom environment, then in truth, they will become disinterested. It is a NEW WORLD! There are many accomodations that need to be explored as a result!
Tonight, I am left feeling like a mother of two SCREENAGERS…and instead of being a Digital Native…I am a Digital Immigrant!