Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Week 27 - The broader professional context

The trend from US National Intelligence Council’s (2017) Global trends that sounds out for me and my practice is ‘Technology is accelerating progress but causing discontinuities’. This is relevant to my practice as we run a manly digital program and focus on 21st Century skills and use the ITL rubrics (2012) to guide how we implement these skills. The importance of this trend is the children we are teaching will be living in a very technologically based society and a lot of their careers will be based around it. So this should be what we are preparing the children for.

Technological change is happening very rapidly which means there will be a lot of new opportunities but it as The US National Intelligence Council (2017) says this will cause will cause economies to not be able to adjust fast enough, a bigger division between rich and poor and biotechnology will influence medicine and other fields but there may be some moral issues for people around these developments.

As OECD (2016) says the impact of technology is less predictable due to the rapid rate of change. It has changed the way we communicate and we notice that with the children we teach, we need to tap into how they communicate and use this medium to help educate them and engage them in their norm. The advances that are being made in biotechnology will impact the future and we need to make sure we educate the children about areas like this so they can see how technology is impacting the world in a wider sense too.

OECD (2016) also talks about the risks associated with technology like cyber fraud, cyber bullying and hacking. This is very important for education as we need to educate the children of these risks and how to avoid them. This is digital citizenship and is becoming more and more important with the technological change that is happening and will continue to happen.

In our local community and in the NZ education system we need to be responding to this change and educating the children alongside the ITL rubrics (2012) and 21st Century skills as both of these prepare the children for this change that is occurring. We do not just need to use technology but we need to use it in a transformative way, allowing the children to discover and make their own meaning. Skills like coding and robotics are really important too and there should be some more pd about these things for teachers to help them to facilitate activities like these. Problem solving is a key skill with technology too so this needs to be a key aspect in the NZ education system and internationally too. We need to be fostering technological skills, ensuring the children are digital citizens and making them aware of the advances in areas such as biotechnology. I personally think that I do this well as I grew up in the beginning of key technological changes and I love technology but I think there are a lot of teachers that are still resistant to using technology in a transformative way. There needs to be a big change in curriculums around the world to really highlight the importance of educating our children for this rapid change.

National Intelligence Council. (2017). Global trends: The Paradox of Progress. National Intelligence Council: US. Retrieved from https://www.dni.gov/files/images/globalTrends/documents/GT-Main-Report.pdf

Karataş, S., et al. (2016). A Trend Analysis of Mobile Learning. In D. Parsons (Ed.) Mobile and Blended Learning Innovations for Improved Learning Outcomes(pp. 248-276). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

ITL Research. (2012). 21CLD Learning Activity Rubrics. Retrieved from Microsoft in Education: https://education.microsoft.com/GetTrained/ITL-Research


  1. Hi Morgan, I agree with the points you have made here especially how we should be responding in NZ.

    I find it interesting you talked about Medicine. Recently I heard Lance O'Sullivan (New Zealander of the year 2014 and Practising MAori doctor) talk, he showed us some of the technology he trialling at the moment, an app so that you get instant medical advice. The fact that it took temperature, heart rate etc. just by using the camera on a smartphone. It really shows how fast technology is moving. Who knows what we will ba faced with in 10 -15 year time

  2. I love your comment: "We need to tap into how they communicate and use this medium to help educate them and engage them in their norm."

  3. Supporting students to be successful 21st century learners is something I feel strongly about. I agree with the points you have made particularly with the rapid progress technology is making and the specific skills students will need to develop to successfully use digital tools in the workforce. Your points surrounding cyber bullying were great- as a junior teacher cyber bullying is not a rising problem at the moment, I am sure this will change as younger generations become more digitally knowledgable at younger ages. Do you face much cyber bullying issues as a senior teacher both inside and outside of school with your students, and if so is it amongst students in your class?