Embracing the discomfort of the digital age

I have just read an excellent blog post by Alec Couros called “It’s Not Going Away”. In the post Alec talks about the fact that we have entered a completely changed world, what I like to call “The Digital Age”.

As an educator he has met many teachers who have their fears of this “brave new world” and talk about the cyberbullying, the obsession with online games and the fear that they have of somehow losing control if the machines were allowed to hold sway.

Alec uses the phrase that I have made the title of my post, that the world we live in now has changed to a point where the world that many of us grew up in has disappeared. He states that educators need to “embrace the discomfort” that they feel and realise that there is also great potential in the new world we have arrived in.

I loved his list of examples of how our world has changed and I am taking advantage of his embracing of “open source” information to shamelessly use a part of his post here. Thus, to quote him, this is the world we have now moved into in our “digital age”:

This world is an exciting place to me and one which has released so much that I can use, explore and interact with. For the youth of our world there is no turning back. We cannot create the world that we grew up in with closed systems of knowledge and accessibility to the few and privileged.

Educators must embrace the new realities and those who have have actually found that it has liberated them and made their teaching (and most importantly their learning) much deeper and in many cases changed their lives.

We are better for embracing the discomfort and working through it. We cannot hide behind our classroom desks  forever!

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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