So Steve Wheeler sent me a tweet today to join in the #twistedpair challenge. First option was Einstein and MontyPython (this latter is too unfamiliar to me to respond w/o research), but he also invited us to make our own paids. This could be a cool classroom exercise, will try it someday!
— Steve Wheeler (@SteveWheeler) October 4, 2015
For now, the first pair that came to mind is one at merges my parenting with my online academic life…so here you have it: Audrey Watters meets Doc McStuffins.
Audrey: Doc, #edtech is broken
Doc: I can fix it. Show me
Audrey: I don’t think you can fix it. The problem is much bigger… Dr. George Siemens has practically abandoned it…
Doc: let me try.
(In true Doc McStuffins fashion, she checks the ears, the eyes, and how you’ve grown; listens to the heartbeat…)
Doc: I checked the ears. I found that while #edtech has gotten better at creating software and devices that record sound and transmit sound, it has not been listening well to the needs of teachers
Audrey: yes, it’s been too busy listening to corporate greed
Doc: Let’s check the eyes. While more and more #edtech is encouraging visual stimulation and expression, this seems to be creating a more superficial engagement with knowledge and learning, it’s also ignoring accessibility issues. Not everyone has megafast internet. Some peope don,t even have internet
Audrey: but oh my, has it grown!
Doc: its grown so much I can,t measure it, this might be a case of growing-too-fast-osis! We might need to kill it completely?
Audrey: oh, oh, but let’s check the heart. It might be a more complex diagnosis!
Doc: youre right. Hmmm the heart… It’s mostly dark and hollow butt htere is a glimmer of hope there… There is a place in there that seems to be trying to push for better listening, better seeing, and more careful growth. Critical but caring.
Doc: those must be the critical pedagogues in #edtech. Maybe the solution is to support them, and find ways to turn this around organically?
Audrey: it will be tough, but we can try. I’m calling Jesse, Bonnie, Alan, and the gang 🙂