When shift happens…..phs discussion


Thank you for your attentiveness during today’s faculty meeting. I am not sure how most of you reacted to the viewing of Karl Fisch’s Shift Happens.” I hope the content makes you think (and post to the comments below). I also hope that the medium of the message starts you thinking about using some new methodologies in your classroom!

The following set of questions is from shifthappens wiki spaces:

Did You Know? is intended to be a conversation starter. Questions such as the following are good ways to start conversation: What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the presentation? How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?

What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era? What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
Do we need to change? If so, how?
How do we get from here to there?
What challenges must we overcome as we move forward?
What supports will we need as we move forward?
What kind of training will we need to move forward?
What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward?
Who’s scared? Why?
What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology?


7 thoughts on “When shift happens…..phs discussion

  1. While it is so important that we offer our students the tools that they will need, I didn’t feel very positive about the movie. I wanted to just crawl into a hole and let the future happen. It made me feel very bad about the future. We work so hard, yet we’re not working hard enough?? Gosh, how is it that we are supposed to completely change what we are doing? Or is it more accurate to say, why try at all?

  2. I think of how far technology has come since I was in high school. Basically, there was none back then..just stone tablets and chisels. I wasn’t taught how to use any of the things I use now, and I manage to do all my banking on-line,use any programs that I need, blog, use an i-pod, text message very slowly on a cell phone, google, etc.

    I think we may be getting too wrapped up in thinking we need to teach kids to use all this stuff…which may well be outdated in a year or two.

    I think we would better serve our students to teach them not to be afraid to learn new things rather than focus our energy on teaching them how to use current technology.

  3. I feel the movie clip was very enlightening and equally as frightening. I have long felt very strongly that presently we are not adequately preparing our students for their futures. I also believe that state and district testing, which are technologically archaic, receive entirely too much emphasis. This video only serves to further reinforce my beliefs.

    These technological advancements are causing pedagogical practices to become obsolete prior to their development. The frightening part is the uncertainty of how to resolve this incongruence. “Best practices” tell us, as teachers, that we would better serve our students by being the “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage.” Is greater access to technology in the public school system at least part of the solution? If so, how do we deal with legislators who dictate the necessity for us to “raise the bar” but remain disinterested in financing the process? What does it all mean for not only the future of education, but the present as well?

  4. Great comment Mrs. Glick! How much of what we can do is actually controlled by ourselves? When will we have adequate funding to have the tools we need for the changing times?

  5. Eventually, students will cary lap tops instead of text books to classes. Instead of opening their books to a certain lesson, they will open their programs to a certain file. Instead of writing on a chalkboard or white board, the teacher will put notes on a smart board. But at the same time, instead of passing notes, or texting on cell phones, students will I.M. each other during class. Technology may change over the years, but students won’t.

  6. We do not have to teach them to use the technology. I believe we must harness the technologies where we can to engage our students. The technology is not an end in itself because it will continually change. We must teach our students (and ourselves) to use the tools ethically and to solve real world problems, to collaborate with others, and to use information to create, solve, invent, and persuade.

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