A Goal of Computer Literacy
“It is now clear that one of the major goals that education must add to its list of purposes is computer literacy. The world of the very near future requires that all of us have some understanding of the processes and uses of computers”. What strikes me about this quote is that it was delivered by a Minister of Education, Dr. Bette Stephenson, in 1981!
Over 34 years ago education leaders were proposing the need to learn and teach computer literacy. It’s safe to conclude that as education leaders, if it’s taken 34 years and we’re still debating access and looking for evidence-based results to support education technology, we’ve failed drastically.
Shifting to a Tech Curious Culture
As an educator for over 25 years I’ve seen sweeping changes in the Ottawa Catholic School Board over a mere 5 year period. It was back in 2010 that the “EdTool” of choice was still the overhead projector. What has changed is much more than the technology. The change that made the difference was a cultural shift across 82 schools in a district that serves 40,000 students as we moved from a culture based on fear and caution, to a culture based on curiosity and exploration.