How does technology relate to education, and what role does a technology department play in a school? Read on for some musings…
As most of us know, literacy is not just about reading any more. The printed book was a giant leap forward in our ability to distribute information, but we are now in the fairly early stages of another information revolution – one that requires the definition of literacy to be expanded. In today’s world, we are dealing with orders of magnitude more information, coming from orders of magnitude more sources, with orders of magnitude (you get the idea) more avenues to distribute and publish – so the problem isn’t simply how to read the information any more; In this new world of information surpluss, it is about directing the flow of information inward and outward, evaluating it and processing it, collaborating with others to do more with it than we can alone – ulitmately making it serve our goals, interests, and needs.
These are skills every school should take very seriously, and to help further these ends, the job of a technology department should be to:
1) manage an evolving infrastructure that can support the practice and use of these skills
2) support the faculty as they endeavor to weave the development of these skills into their curricula
3) help identify how the ever-evolving techno-sphere can further learning in all areas