Ascending The ITSummit

I sit here on day 2  listening to Michael Wesch tell us about creating learners for the 21st Century.  Of all the things I take from what he says, the most poignant ideas contextualize the dangers of passive consumption of technology.  As educators, we have a responsibility to assist our learners in becoming constructive users of technology.  As Wesch points out, we must move from being knowledgeable to knowledge-able.  Being knowledge-able heightens the processes of communication, thoughtfulness and empathy. So, with that in mind, how can we as educators, ethically resist the responsibility of helping our students to become transformative in the use of technology?  I don’t think that most teachers want to resist, rather they ar uncomfortable with the idea of being in the role of the learner themselves.  Well, a little discomfort can sometimes be a great motivator as well. We must move forward with our students on this journey.  Complacency is not an option!  We must ensure the path for our 21st Century learners is visible and that they have the comfort of knowing that we are there if they need us.

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