Skills for the 21st Century

Cognitive and Literacy Skills for Success in a Fast-Paced Technological Age

Shift Happens – Revisited

Posted by durencls on March 31, 2010

At the very end of the Shift happens video, there is a web site address – http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com

So I went exploring there – and I found:

◊  Two additional versions of the video – one mostly like the 2007 version with kickier music & graphics (version 3.0 from Sony BMG Music Entertainment) and one with a strong focus on digital media and social networking (version 4.0 advertising a digital media conference). Interestingly, I felt that neither of these really spoke to education as well as the 2007 version.  Sort of like the focus was ONLY on change – not so much on what to do about it.

◊   A list of ideas for what to do with the video – how to inspire others, use it for instructional purposes, etc.

◊   A list of other videos to “further the conversation.” (I’m still working my way through these – some I know we’ve seen before.)

◊   A discussion of the video and how folks have used it. (Reading these is on my to do list…man, keeping up with a community of practitioners can be hard!)

◊   And way down on the bottom, a link to a blog post named “Shift happens – Now What?”  And in that post they have the folowing quote:

“Too often, the initial response [to Shift Happens] is to look for money to buy more computers. Some educational leaders may say “Let’s make sure we have laptops in the hands of EVERY student!… SmartBoards in EVERY classroom!” While it is nice to have administrative support for new technology purchases, a “technology purchasing frenzy” is simply NOT the correct response to the realization that our schools are not doing enough to prepare students for their futures. This is really about changing adult perspectives and adult behaviors to create student-centered classrooms that exemplify research-based best practices around learning. It’s not about buying the latest, greatest, and most expensive tech toys on the market. Expensive tech in the hands of educators who haven’t made changes to their behaviors and instructional practice are no better than the good old chalk board, pencil, and paper. Even worse, expensive tech that the teachers see no use for will end up just collecting dust in a storage room. [Emphasis added]

Which confirms our assumption  “Planning for Technology” really means ‘making a paradigm shift’ – which is about training and professional development – not necessarily about investing in new/cool tech. 

How do we create pradigm shift in adult education? Ideas?  Our first suggestion is to read the entire “”Shift happens – Now What?”” post – within the post the author has some (strong) opinions about how educational organizations and educators need to change to make this paradigm shift. And at the end they have a list of suggested other blog posts with ideas for creating 21st Century learning environments.

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