Hi there. Take a seat, make yourself at home.
Welcome to Edtech Explorer. This is my place to share, reflect and make connections in my journey into the world of educational technology. I will be writing about all aspects of using technology to re-imagine schooling and education.
I’m especially interested in how technology can help those who often get the worst deal from current educational structures, such as:
– Children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
– Learners who for whatever reason don’t have access to great teachers, and teachers who don’t have access to great teacher training.
– Learners with dyslexia, social difficulties or attention problems.
– And all the oddballs, visionaries, creatives, dropouts and obsessives who don’t tend to fit into prescribed boxes and timetables.
I know technology isn’t a magic bullet. It is important that we hold on to what we already do well, and bring in changes in a careful and evaluated well. But I think that education as an industry is (or at certainly should be) on the cusp of a hugely disruptive and exciting change that could make much better use of the internet’s potential to enable sharing knowledge, connecting people and adapting instruction to every learner. There are incredible innovations making waves already – the Kahn Academy, MOOCS, Quizlet, Manga High, Edmodo, to name just a few – but we are still just scratching the surface of what is possible.
So I hope you’ll join me on my adventure as I hack through the jungle of social networking, trek the vast plains of gamification, cross the treacherous river of standardised testing, and scale the snow-capped mountains of personalization before falling headlong into the bottomless canyon of over-stretched metaphors.