One of the great things about an Alan November keynote is that he gives you more questions to consider than he does answers. Perhaps that the sign of a good teacher. Hmmm. So, here are some random thoughts I jotted down in my notes while Alan was speaking at the Mid-South Technology Conference last week in Memphis.
- Alan defines “Skills Gap” as the difference between the skills we are teaching in the classroom and the skills they need to move out of the house.
- Kids in a poor township in South Africa have Internet access and are taking free MIT courses online at school. Can our kids do that? Would our kids want to do that? What are we doing to teach our kids a work ethic?
- Our emphasis in the US is on improving the teacher. Other countries concentrate on improving student learning. Sometimes they are not the same thing.
- Inner city kids in NYC don’t have Internet or computers at home. Yet, they have Facebook accounts and update them every day. When kids WANT to, they can find the Internet. Stop using it as an excuse for not using technology in the classroom.
These are just some of the Alan-isms from the day. What do you think? Care to comment on any of these?