As we step up our push in @ISD191 to integrate more technology in our classrooms and organizational work, we are certain to experience push back from those who are overwhelmed by the language of technology. For those who don’t speak or understand the language, learning to use new tools and ways of doing our work demands a great deal of effort. The struggle of managing the constant flow of information and ongoing dialogues while also trying to be tightly focused on my core work – not to mention trying to be a good husband and father of two young kids – is a very real wrestling match for me. Some days I feel like our new reality is a lot like the what is portrayed in the humorous video commercial below from Xerox shared in a slide share presentation by TDOttowa on 21st century leadership.
The real deal is… aspiring to be “prepared for the 21st century” is, well, too little too late. It started twelve years ago… Our mission and calling in education is to prepare our students to be successful in the days that lie ahead of them, not the days that lie behind us adults struggling to keep up. My decision to be a teacher requires me to be a step ahead of today, something that is very clear when I’m able to spend time in a classroom with high school students discussing their future plans. Their passion to dive into tomorrow is always inspiring!
The slide share presentation below by T.D’Amico shares some good advice for those of us trying to lead in this fast paced environment and for those struggling to keep up with the “language of technology.” Being well-connected/networked, strategically filtering inputs, and creating systematic structures to organize, categorize, and address multiple channels of dialogue are skills key to success in this new environment. We have the responsibility to not only learn these key skills, our profession calls us to teach these skills to our students. The driving force of this learning must be our building level and district level collaborative teams, tapping into the natural talents and passions of ISD191 staff. Together, through intentional collaboration, we continuously work to prepare ourselves to prepare our students. That is what I signed up for!