Add Visionary Ideas to Tech You Need

tabletsIf asked for suggestions as to which technology is best, it really comes down to the solution or solutions needed for that particular person or organization. In most cases, the best thing to ask is “What would you like to do?” and then follow up with suggestions that may be unknown. A simple example would be helping someone who was looking for a new computing device, especially if that person is a beginner, or a not very savvy technology user. If all that person needed was something for checking e-mail, working a few apps, listening to music, taking a few images, possibly recording some video, streaming some movies, or even doing some document creation and word processing—what would you suggest? Today, you might not suggest desktop, or even a laptop, when quite possibly, it might be simpler for this user to find all of those things in an untethered tablet—for a lot less money—and with significantly fewer computing hassles.

But that only covers the initial conversation about technology. The follow-up, even for those least tech savvy, should be the possibilities that haven’t been thought, said, or seen yet.  That’s the conversation most education tech leaders relish. That progressive development, to EdTech visionaries, is just as, and in many ways more, important as getting the technology starting place right. If the starting point is as far as a technology user goes—even if the user considers himself/herself satisfied—there is a problem. Today, being familiar with as many options as possible is the right of everyone using technology—and to avoid sharing those new possibilities is unfair and misleading. Even if they’re not ready for those options yet, don’t hold back. If you know what you need now, you also need to know what you might need for where you’re going down the road. Answering the “What if?” question, even hypothetically, can one day turn dreamers into visionaries and doers. Nowhere is this more necessary and important than in sharing the potential educational opportunities at the school, district, national, and international levels.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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