Engagement matters, but we have to think beyond engagement. — David Price
A group of colleagues who recently attended the ASB Unplugged conference assembled a thoughtful reflection document upon their return. Two connected statements stood out for me: “The debate is over” … “Technology is a given.” It may be overly-simplistic to think that these perspectives really are a given. No aspect of learning has more apologists than the field of educational technology. My colleagues are right, of course: most educators have moved beyond the debate. If this is the case, what comes next?
I subscribe to David Price’s conviction that learning should be about moving beyond engagement. There is obviously a more ambitious goal for our students than engagement alone. Ultimately, what are young people going to do with the things we engage them in? I would suggest that if the answer to this question is not something compelling, we should encourage our young people to stay home and surf the internet, travel, sleep or read a good book. As Price suggests, “This is why great educators want their students to think like scientists, engineers, artists — being engaged is just the first, though necessary, step in being ready for the world of work.”
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