When I first started to get online, I used Internet Explorer, then Firefox, and now I use Google Chrome, but am able to use any of those other browsers depending upon the site and what works best.
I also signed up years ago for a Hotmail account, but then at work I was given “First Class” email, followed by Outlook account, and now Gmail.
Do you remember Word Perfect? I used that as well, followed by Word (a ton of different versions), and now exclusively Google Drive for word processing.
Other than all of these things leading to Google products (I do love Google stuff but am also a big fan of an iPhone), what do all of these things have in common?
To clarify this isn’t change for the sake of change. All of the technologies that I have left behind and have moved onto are for something better, yet they have more than likely iterations of one another. Innovation is not always entirely new, but it should always be better.
I would be surprised that in 10 years I am using the same things that I am now as I know in the world of technology, things continuously evolve. It is norm in the world of technology, and in reality, the world. Change is inevitable, and many people in the world of educational technology see change as the constant and something to embrace, not fear. This is not everyone (there are a lot of people in educational technology that are still terrified of the “cloud”) but it is a common mindset with many that are in the field.
This is one of the reasons why I believe educational technology seems to be creeping into every conversation and every level of school at this moment in time. Not because change hasn’t been the constant, but because of the pace that change is happening. What is awesome about this development is that you are seeing traditional “technology” conferences (such as ISTE), have a different audience. You are not only finding tech coordinators anymore, but teachers of every level and administrators. These educators are not necessarily coming to check out the technology, but are embracing the mindset that at every level, educators are looking to become innovators. Many educators outside of the EdTech have had this same “innovator” mindset for a long time, and it seems like now is the “perfect storm” of educators coming together.
To try and predict the important technology that we will be using years from now in education is much too hard; just expect to be doing something different. Yet, to hire and look for and develop people that see change as an opportunity to do something amazing should be a standard in our organizations.
The “Innovator Mindset” is something that educators should embrace as a whole.