We need to shift how we use technology away from a toy into a tool. The entertainment aspect of our devices is getting ridiculously addictive. The ‘tool’ aspect of technology is also getting quite advanced, we just don’t pour hours of our lives into them like we do the toys.
It occurs to me that Puzzle Shift Create can help develop the language and resources that will be needed to affect this shift. in fact, I already have a part of this on the site. Below is the list from the ‘Shift’ resources page. Most of these are not yet formalized but underdevelopment.
‘Shift’ Topics that I need to formalize from class: (captured March 19th, 2023)
- How to be a digital Leader
- Using tech to make our brains BETTER
- Advanced making with technology
- Brainstorming in the internet age
- Technology-augmented Creativity
- Shifting Tech from a toy into a tool
- Using premade-tech-toy-kits as creative confidence builders
- Technology for young engineers
- Technology for young designers
- Technology for young entrepreneurs
- Technology for young digital creators
- Technology for young Coders
On this site, I am hoping to blow the door open on how technology can impact our students. My goal for this site is to create a better vision for education. Technology will play a big role in that.
Obviously, it will take time to get all of this created. As a solo act, I’m juggling a lot of things at once. The creator resources (below) are the most developed. I’m busy actively developing the ‘mindset’ topics (the ‘Puzzle’). These will be developed last.
I am creating this site to advance student creativity and help students to take ownership of their learning. The resources on this site are intentionally open-ended and a part of my Innovative Arts curriculum.
What I want to add are the following topics:
Raising self-awareness about digital habits
Using digital wellbeing apps to discourage overuse
Using technology to bring out the best in all of us
Parent resources for setting tech guidelines in each household
YouTube as a powerful learning resource
How to use social media to make yourself better
The hope is to give people the resources they need to help their kids navigate the crazy digital world that they are growing up within.
Puzzle is how our mindsets, attitudes, expectations, and mental tools can come together like a puzzle.
Shift is all about shifting technology from a toy into a tool. Easier said than done.
Create is bringing the creative process (with all the potential of curiousity and creativity) into our schools.
What do you think? The skeleton for something pretty cool is here. It’s time to start putting meat on these bones.