A note to all presenters who announce proudly “my child / grandchild can use my iPad (iPhone, tablet, slate...) therefore they are gifted tech users and therefore we need to do this ... (pick your re-engineering, reverse engineering, reformist, future focused, digital, technological, jargon words to apply) … to education (school, teacher)”.
I’ve been to a number of presentations that included such announcements.
I’d like to offer this quote from Silicon Valley
Educators deserve to be treated with more respect. Let’s move beyond anecdote driven conversations and presentations.
I don’t really want to see a picture of your ‘cute’ 3 year old as the evidence for your statement. Especially if you don’t have a topic related qualification or a school teaching practice background. I’d like you to offer research based content and information gathering conversations.
I’d like presentations with a purpose – using evidence and practice-informed ideas to improve the learning opportunities for our students, and with ideas to improve the resourcing of schools.
I don’t want to hear that education needs to be reformed based on your family experience and your techno fascination.