Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What We Learned abt The Role of The Teacher at #Educon

How has the role of the teacher changed when a student can Google anything? That’s what three colleagues (@eileen_lennon, @JPatanio, @DarlynnAlfalla) and I discussed with participants at this year’s #Educon. We discussed with participants what we could expect to see more or less of in the age of Google as well as the new vs traditional roles.

Here is what we came up with at the session:

What we'll see in the age of Google, more or less...
  1. Critical Eval of Websites
  2. Analyze for credibility
  3. Creating content
  4. Customizable and proactive searches
  5. More developed questions and questions skills
  6. Primary Sources
  7. Sharing of ideas and collaboration
  8. True intellectual honest conversations
  9. Opinions supported by facts
  10. Transparency
  11. Nice political conversations!
  12. Exposure to other opinions
  13. Broader Community
  14. Empathy
  1. Looking at the top hit in Google
  2. Looking up facts
  3. Education will be less of imparting knowledge
  4. Siri
  5. Slaves to the algorithm that is already dictated.
  6. Textbooks
  7. Working in isolation
  8. Less grey areas of understandable facts
  9. Teacher opinion
  10. One viewpoint and perspective
  11. Hateful speech (hopefully)
  12. Biased views
  13. Defensive arguments
  14. Trolls
  15. One size fits all

New roles vs old roles in the age of Google...
New Roles
Traditional Roles
  1. Support students publishing
  2. Inspiration provider
  3. Facilitator
  4. Fact Synthesizer
  5. Digital Classroom
  6. Coach
  7. Macro Manager
  8. Ring Master
  9. Self-regulation modeling
  10. Learning experience designer, Mentor/Advisor
  1. Audience for student work
  2. Information disseminator
  3. Dictator
  4. Fact Recycler/Summarizer
  5. Paper/Pencil Classroom
  6. Manager
  7. Micromanager
  8. Lion Tamer
  9. Policeman
  10. Facilitator

One participant, Dan Gallagher,
shared this vision for how he viewed today's classroom. You can click on various areas in the classroom to learn more.

What do you think? Is any of this familiar? Is there anything you would like to try or have tried? What have your experiences been?  What are you wondering?

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