I have spent 30 years in IT now. I didn’t start in IT. I started a school teacher. I miss the kids, but I don’t miss the reality of teaching. One of the things I do is spend a lot of time wondering about why we ignore teachers, first responders and others. I remember, as a teacher, I paid for the computer in my classroom. I paid for the ink of the printer. Things are better now and had gotten better, but initially, I paid. Now there are computer labs, but we still don’t do a great job of helping schools. The reason for this is I am working on the annual presentation that I give to high school kids. I have a couple of former presenters that help me figure out what is important to the audience.
We were talking yesterday about this year’s presentation, and one of them said something that bothered me. “How is it every year you find things that aren’t in schools?” I don’t go out of my way to find technologies and possibilities that aren’t in schools. There isn’t a google search (what isn’t taught in schools today) that I do. I live on the cutting edge of tech. Schools often do not, in fact, do that. It isn’t an optimal situation. You see, one of the skills that schools need to teach is how to apply your skills to new problems. Schools have to focus on teaching the core or basics to the learner. Otherwise, the gap between what the students know and what they need to know is far too great.
I am not bashing teachers. I am concerned that we don’t empower education with technology. At the very least every school should have an advanced technology lab. The reality of the world we are in, is and many have shared this very thought here on Virily, technology is moving too fast for me. That isn’t, by the way, knocking people, it is saying that technology is moving fast. Because technology is moving so fast, it is important that we empower first responders with tech that will help them. We also need to empower educators with more and faster technology upgrades.
Anyway, it is that time of year again. I am thinking through what five things I need to show High school Juniors and Seniors as to the technology they will be using in the next three years.