Out with the Old, In with the New—Wishes for 2018
Dec 29, 2017
We are counting down the last few days of 2017, expectant of what is to come in the New Year. From all of us and our guest authors, we would like to wish you a successful and exciting New Year. We will see you on the other side.
Technology Director for the School District of Milton
My wish for 2018 is…
to continue making the wishes from years past come true.
I wish to continue bridging the digital equity gap so that, as Dr. Daryl Adams phrases it, “no child is left offline.” I wish to continue the modernization of E-Rate funding so that every school in our country may have affordable high-speed ubiquitous internet. Perhaps most importantly for 2018, I wish to continue net neutrality!
Visions are hard to see and change is hard to implement. As an edtech community, we have made amazing strides in establishing a vision and making change, but there is so much work yet to be done. My only hope and desire for 2018 is that we have the opportunity to continue the good work that is already started. Here is to another great year of expanding open internet services for our students.
May all of your edtech wishes come true, my friends.
Annette Smith and Kara Gann
Smith & Gann Educational Consulting
My wish for 2018 is…
creative thinking is measured and thought of as highly as standards-based tests.
We’ve seen positive changes in the educational space as we reflect on what has occurred during the past 12 months. We continue to place technology at the front of the conversations, even though students and learning are the heart of what matters. Technology has become a cornerstone of learning and with the use of social media, problem solving, communication, and creativity in all aspects of life, we have had the unique opportunity this past year to observe ways that technology is being used in both positive and negative ways. We’ve called out a few items where we feel that the use of technology has changed education this year.
- Real-world problem solving by students with mentors and partners.
- Students taking ownership over their own learning by managing their data and digital footprint.
- Technology as a doorway to knowledge and creativity.
- Increased pedagogical understanding of how learning and digital media intersect
- Assessment as a tool for customizing learning.
- Innovation and creativity to support the future of work.
- Adults as guideposts and mentors for data security—students know they need it!
I think it would be hard to find someone who can honestly say technology has not changed teaching and learning. The world of learning has changed and continues to adapt to a digital and global world. How we accessed information five years ago looks very different and we are curious what the next five years will bring.