Reading through the blogs of fellow preservice educators I have begun to notice a trend. Very few people feel confident in their ability to navigate the cavernous world of ICT. Even those few exceptions that always seem to make the rule only acknowledge competence with one or two programs.
Are we as a group of learners so ill equipped that we are destined to fail and as such have already assumed the tuck and brace position as though the plane is about to cash? Surely this can’t be the case for all of us.
The rate at which new technologies and programs are developed leave even the most avid ICT user in a race against the ICT snowball as it’s rapidly gaining momentum rolling down the hill. I think the way education systems have worked in the past should be held accountable.
In classrooms where the teacher has been regaled as the holder of all knowledge and drill and route memorisation reigned supreme where does an environment that requires learners to be in control of their own learning fit?
Teachers are unable to hold all knowledge relating to ICT. Students have more time, motivation and technical skills then many of us who have made it throughout he other side of the chalk and talk pedagogy of the past.
Let’s give in to not knowing. We don’t know. We will never know. Through our own exploration and embarrassing mistakes with ICT we can learn. A shift in pedagogical practices from viewing the teacher as a knowledge base to learner will go along away in taking back our confidence.