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CLOUDUCATION. Sometimes as I write about what I am teaching my students in the high school, it probably makes it seem as if that is a one-way street.


The truth of the matter is that it is often a two-way conversation that is very healthy. I thought I would write about a few of the things I have learned from the students I teach: 1. They neither know or care what web 2.0, cloud computing, or social media are. These need to be concepts I teach. Conclusion? 2. Conclusion? 3. Conclusion? 4. Conclusion? 5. Conclusion? To sum up, I think I have learned far more from my students than I have learned on my own, and it far exceeds anything I have been taught from school in-services. Like this: Like Loading...

The 10 Barriers to Technology Adoption. Computing technologies have profoundly transformed just about every major organization and field of human endeavor.

The 10 Barriers to Technology Adoption

To take just two examples, Apple is the largest distributor of music in the world, and manufacturing and surgery are the province of robots, not humans. But K12 still relies on textbooks and pencil pouches. Why have computing technologies failed to transform K12? Here are our 10 barriers to technology adoption.

Barrier #1: Lack of Vision. Barrier #2: Lack of Leadership. Barrier #3: Lack of Money. Barriers #4, #5, #6: Curriculum, Curriculum, Curriculum. There is a lesson here! Where are the digitally based curriculum materials to come from? Barrier #7: Infrastructure—Tech and Human. Professional development, the human infrastructure, needs refurbishing; it shouldn’t consist of random workshops or lectures that teachers suffer through on specific PD days.

Barrier #8: Parents Resisting 21st-Century Methods. Barrier #9: It Takes Time to Change. Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students. How will the shift to digital learning happen? I visited Wireless Generation last week and received so many great questions, I’ve been answering a few a week including this post and this one.

How will the shift to digital learning happen?

I am familiar with Katie Salen’s work in Quest2Learn (a game-based school in NYC), so when you mentioned that school [in Getting Smart] as a prime example of what future schools might look like, it make me think the following: Quest2Learn is a newly-created school that integrates technology into 21st century learning objectives… but considering that most schools are entrenched in outdated modes of operating, the challenge won’t always be about convincing people that things need to change (they are already desperate for solutions), but how to transition into these changes.

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