The next–more interesting–innovation in education won’t be technological #edchat


PBS reports Twitter is reinventing collaboration among teachers. Innovators and early adopters, some of whom are mentioned in the story, have been at this for a while. Do we conclude that the work of innovators and early adopters only indicated the possibility of change, that only when a phenomenon such as teacher collaboration or Twitter hits the pragmatists and conservatives in the middle of the curve do we pronounce “Change!”?

I’ve written and spoken about ed tech going maintream before. My proposition that the adoption curve is about four or five eyars wide seems to be true. But now I am wondering a couple things:

  1. What’s next, what’s two years ahead of now? I think the next–and far more intersting–round of innovation will be political, economic and social, not technological, as we completely rethink what schooling is about–see my post Eduation ain’t broke so don’t fix it. Certainly, that conversation has been made possible by technological innovation, but it’s not about technology itself.
  2. Or do we settle into a consolidation period where innovation slows. Is the phenomenon of change cyclical?

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    David Truss February 26, 2013

    3. We enter an era where tinkering and hacking become an expectation and we narrow the adoption curve to 2 years!

    (Let me live that dream for a bit:)

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