Add Visionary Ideas to Tech You Need
If 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 â€śWhat would you like to do?â€ť 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 processingâ€”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 tabletâ€”for a lot less moneyâ€”and with significantlyÂ 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 havenâ€™t been thought, said, or seen yet. Â Thatâ€™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 goesâ€”even if the user considers himself/herself satisfiedâ€”there is a problem. Today,Â beingÂ familiar withÂ as many options as possible is the right of everyone using technologyâ€”and to avoid sharing those new possibilities is unfair and misleading. Even if theyâ€™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 youâ€™re going down the road. Answering the â€śWhat if?â€ť 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.