Being a teacher now is tougher than ever before. After reading about things like TPACK, the Framework for 21st Century Learning, and the Evolution of Thought and Practice, my mind is spinning.
The truth is, producing a well rounded, educated, competent, considerate, successful person who is capable of “adulting” in the 21st Century is a huge responsibility. Teachers have their part cut out for them. It seems like there is no end in sight to the areas of competency that we need to attend to.
That being said, the frameworks we were given to look at this week at least provide a starting point for wrapping my feeble mind around it. I’m sort of a visual/linear type of gal, so I really appreciate lists and venn diagrams to help me envision what the possibilities could be.
Aside from reeling over the magnitude of all of this, I feel like I connected a little bit to one small first step that could lead to much more. On the scale of evolution of thought and practice (where teachers are rated according to their level of ability to integrate technology effectively), the final step is from “appropriation” to “innovation.” I want to get to “innovation” so that I can help teachers to make technology an “ever-present transparent” tool for students to construct knowledge and demonstrate it creatively.
In order to do this, I think we need the “thoughtfully playful attitude towards understanding the landscape being created by these new technologies” that Mishra talks about. Having the time, resources, and environment to play and explore (as we do each iCARE session) with technology is helping me grow my comfort level remarkably. Can we do the same for our school’s teachers and students? This is what I need to figure out. How can I make this happen at my little school site? I think about the stewardess on the airplane, telling me to make sure I take care of my own oxygen before trying to help others. But do I have to be an expert first in this situation? Or can I just be a model for others in the area of playfulness with technology? What are your thoughts?