Came across this interesting slideshow today titled 21 things that became obsolete this decade. Makes for an interesting browse – several of the things mentioned I’m sure will provoke responses like “but I still use that regularly!’, while others are things that I think there’d be common agreement are definitely a thing of the past.
The thinking point here is not so much what the technologies are per se, but the behaviours associated with their use, and the direction things are heading – for instance, replacing maps and phone directories with up to date online versions that can also link you to other sources of information or create pathways for you to follow.
Got me to thinking about change in education, and why it is that our industry, at times, seems so slow/resistant to change. It’s not so much a case of adopting the innovation, as it is letting go of what we currently have – the following quote I read this week makes the point:
The problem is not how to get new innovative things into your mind, but how to get the old ones out. (Anon)
To put this in perspective, read the teach paperless blog’s response with 21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2010 – a challenge to conceive of some of these things disappearing in just ten years, but more important to consider why these things have been identified – I’m sure we could all write our own lists like this 🙂
Sitting here at he beginning of yet another school year (in NZ), the thought I’m pondering is, “what are the things I’m hanging on to that may actually inhibit or negate my ability to embrace or adopt an innovation in education?” It’s easy to look at the things that are bombarding us from the outside (eg standards, bullying, workload etc.), but we need to consider also the very things that make us ‘comfortable’ in our jobs, the things we’ve come to take for granted and rely on. So ask yourself, ‘what is behind the responses I have to the suggestions made about things that will become obsolete by 2010??