As a first day activity of the Iowa Writing Project Technology Institute, our facilitators asked us to write our beliefs on technology and education using the format from the book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women.
The following is what I chose to share...
I believe that technology will not replace the tools of education; it will only evolve them.
I believe that there will still be a need for educators and classrooms years from now but they may look very different from the classrooms that we have now. I think the tools that we use to communicate will evolve, but that students will still need the basic skills of communication and writing that all generations have learned: the importance of public speech, one-on-one conversation, hand written language, interview skills, etc.
I believe that in the future, the way people think and do their jobs will change, but there will still be a need for thinking and creativity. I believe that we are moving to a world where it is more important to think about the big picture and to synthesize information then to analyze smaller parts or be able to recall specific details. I believe that most jobs of the future will be jobs that involve creativity and autonomy and because of this, the work place will change from a 9 to 5 office to a situation where employees will work more freely in different place, perhaps on their own schedules. I believe that it is important that we teach students how to be creative and most importantly how to create because the future will be successful for those who are independent thinkers and not those who wish to do repetitive, mundane tasks.
I believe that we are preparing students for a world and for jobs that don’t exist, yet. I believe that people will have technology integrated into their entire lives, into every task they do, but that technology will never be able to replace healthy relationships or the creativity of the human mind. I believe that in the future, a successful adult or successful student will need to be skilled to communicate with others both with technology and without.