I have been quite energized by a lot of the basketball games that have been going on during the playoffs this year. There have been a lot of tight games and quite a few overtimes. As with anything that I am engaged in, I bring it back to learning.
It is my contention that there are a lot of really “close games” in education at the moment. With the amount of budget cutbacks and lack of consensus on what the best technology investments are for education, it is hard to see anything as coming out as a clear winner. The conversations are all happening (Online Learning, Technology Integration scaling, Netbooks, Cell Phones in the Classroom, Blended Learning, Student ePorfolios, Interactive Whiteboards, and a few others), but it remains to be seen whether any of them will make for long lasting changes in education.
So, what does winning look like?
When will we know that the inroads that Interactive Whiteboards have made are enough to change who controls information in the classroom?
Does winning look like the “No Cell Phones” Signs coming down?
Does winning look a 1:1 netbook program where the kids actually own the laptops?
Does winning look like every student having an ePorfolio filled with artifacts from their required elearning or blended learning class?
I really want to know.
(By the way, I do get the fact that “winning” isn’t really an appropriate metaphor for the kind of change we are looking to create. I understand that there are lots of competing factors, and not just two simplistic sides. But, my hope is that it will create some discussion at least.)