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Only After You’ve Done Your Homeplay!

26 May

According to the twitter #edchat, Sir Ken Robinson, and just about every tech-teacher I know, online education is gonna be the next big thing.

PLNs, IWBs, prezis, nings, moodles, wikis, html, rss, etc… there’s a whole new language to be learned if you wanna tech-teach.

Not only that; there are strategies to be employed, technologies to be mastered, software to be beta-tested, and everything changes really, really fast.

So, the issue isn’t whether you can learn it all. It’s about whether you can keep up.

I’ve conducted some online and offline professional development sessions, and they both work just fine. Everyone can be taught to use technology (especially if the teacher is good 😉 ), but as with everything else, practice makes perfect.

After a PD session, teachers who like technology will go home  and start “playing” with what they’ve learned. Teachers who don’t, won’t.

It’s as simple as that: Homeplay.

It’s what we should start calling it.

Instead of homework.


Who doesn’t want to go home and play?

See, after most PD sessions, teachers who don’t homeplay (cool, even works as a verb) forget what they were taught.

It’s not that they didn’t understand it, like it, or agree with it. They’ve just got better things to do; other stuff they play with.

Social networking, gaming, blogging, whatever form of geekism takes your fancy… none of it constitutes a part of their daily routine.

And until it does; until they start liking it as much as…say, watching Lost, they won’t use it, won’t keep up with it, and won’t engage with it.

Yes, the revolution is upon us.

Yes, no man (or woman) should be left behind.

Yes, there must be professional development sessions.

But, make sessions about integrating technology into teachers’ personal lives, before you ask them to produce wikis, maintain PLNs, or RT their favorite #edtech quote.

By the way, this was my favorite tweet today:

“I think the first thing we must do is make educators realize the importance of tech-integration and what it ACTUALLY is.” by @jscognam

What’s yours?