Our week has be so unbelievably crazy busy! Amilee’s skating carnival was this Sunday and it was a lot of fun! I am on the skating board so there was a lot of organizing, planning, running around, etc etc!!! My mother in law was also part of an event in Yorkton “Casino Royal” . They needed some volunteers; so, after a long day of decorating the rink I drove to Yorkton and served some VIP tables. The snow storm was so horrible that my sister in law and her fiance just left to go back to Saskatoon this morning! It was a very nice visit, but now I must get down to the grind and blog, blog, blog!
I googled “edtech” and a recent keynote address by Chris Emdin popped up! I read the article; and you can too, here. The article was a brief summary of his speech and there was a video of the full keynote was at the bottom. It is a bit of a long video, but if you have time I strongly suggest you watch it. He is very engaging and the time will go by fast 🙂
One thing in particular that focused around “edtech” are the corporations who go into urban areas and “throw technology” at the school and then assume that it will be better. Emdin argues that this is the wrong approach and says this is when corporations “hide under the umbrella of tech without focusing on the pedagogy”. I find that, as a mother, I always seem to relate everything I learn in Education back to my daughters; I feel like “throwing technology” at children is something that happens all of the time. It happens at home and at school; before I took Alec Couros ECMP 355 class I was very anti-technology for my kids; however, I have now realized there are a lot of benefits for letting your children learn from technology. For example, there is a lot of opportunity for inquiry based learning. I feel like there is a real threat in education for educators to “throw technology” at children without actually teaching.
Christopher Emdin talks a lot about how contemporary education needs to engage in conversations with young people and consistently goes back to his theme “thank you for your service, we’ve got it from here” which he found from the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. “Thank you for your service, we’ve got it from here” is a way of asking the school boards, the CEO’s of companies trying to make profit through education, and even teachers to step back and let the marginalized people take charge of their education.
Emdin notes that in 2017, information is readily available to to the marginalized and they will know best how to teach their own, sometimes. He talks a lot about the trauma that children experience while in school because their culture is being extracted in order to teach them; this can happen even when people have good intentions. He says there is a real problem in school (and arguably the entire country) with PTSD- Post Trump Stress Disorder; and that there needs to be space for children to talk about and express how they are feeling. Though we do not have the same issues the US does, I feel like his ideas fit in with the problems we have with colonialism and residential schools in Saskatchewan.
Edmin also goes describes the contemporary education as being “maladjusted”. Which I feel is totally correct. He talks about the inability of schools to see kids who have non academic knowledge and we, as educators need to create spaces for kids to teach us how they need to learn. Here, he comes back to his theme “thank you for your service, we’ve got it from here”; he says that when a school system is maladjusted this is when the culture the children come from is extracted and thus trauma is caused. Towards the end of his speech he talks about how outdated education is; how we as a society feel like the most clean and organized schools where children wear uniforms is somehow the best way to educate; when some of the best companies in the fastest growing economies like Google have their employees in street clothes, listening to music that inspire them; ie, showing their culture. This really spoke to me about being both a teacher and a parent; I need to listen to my daughter more about what she needs me to teach her; not necessarily what I feel she needs to be taught. I need to do more reading and be open to all types of education for her so that she will be ready for her future; whatever that may be.
Edminis a big supporter of #hiphoped. There is a twitter chat for #hiphoped every Tuesday from 9-10 eastern. I am hoping to participate/ observe next Tuesday! This idea around #hiphoped sounds really awesome, I am looking forward to learning more about it!
Thank you so much for reading today!