The only way to bring about change is to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Change is never easy and will present obstacles and challenges, but it is necessary. You will experience the most growth when you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and try something different. I tremendously respect the Ottawa Catholic school for embracing technology instead of running from it (Canadian Education Association, 2016). The fact that they are putting education for their students first, even in front anxiety about safety concerns. I have not experienced a district that has allowed student’s access to YouTube and social media. It’s incredible that they believe that students will benefit learning about digital citizenship through teachers modeling. I know that we have had many issues with students using social media negatively, I am intrigued to see if teaching students during school hour appropriately how to use social media would lessen problems that occur outside of school. It is essential that schools prioritize technology assistance. Our school has put more emphasis on certain aspects, but we have computers that are not equipped to work with the software we have installed, and the turnaround time to get anything fixed can be weeks. Which makes it challenging to implement new ideas.
Teachers modeling mistakes is an excellent tool. Some students fear failure, which prevents them to learn. They choose easy tasks that they can excel because they are afraid of failing. If teachers can embrace their own mistakes in front of students or voice failures, this can encourage students to do the same. Often high-achieving students hide their struggles or weaknesses, which leads to less learning. Having the openness to learn from your students and embrace failure, is crucial for students to understand the importance of making mistakes and learning from the mistakes. We should all strive to continue to be life learners, and if we believe this we will have to stumble and struggle to grow.
As mentioned in the video, the students are digital natives (Canadian Education Association, 2016). Why would we not take advantage of this opportunity as teachers? I often turn to my students to solve technology problems. I ask the class how to fix something before I ask the technology staff. Times have changed, and adults are not always the experts. This concept can seem uncomfortable at first, but once you decide to own this fact, you open up your world to even greater growth and accomplishments. Sometimes it is faster to watch a YouTube video or read a quick article, but if I know an expert across the hall or tech-savvy student, I will seek out their assistance first. That is what I believe is so beautiful about this generation, they truthfully have power to education that wasn’t possible years ago. At the rate that technology is changing, we need to have a growth mindset. Certain programs may not come easily, and we need to push ourselves to keep up with these changes. We are changing the software in my STEM class next semester, and I will have to lean on the students and learn with them. The software specialist that provided training stated that the program they created is set up not for students to become content experts, but facilitate and coach students to create.
Canadian Education Association. (2016). Cea Ace. Innovation that sticks case study report: Ottawa Catholic school board. Retrieved from http://reports.cea-ace.ca/ocsbcasestudy