105 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
• Start it now - You don’t need to be an expert to help students explore
and learn. It is definitely more important for students to have a space
to learn than an expert to teach them.
• Use the internet - It sounds so obvious but a lot of the fear we have
about jumping into learning a new technology can be removed by
seeing how many quality resources are online to support learning at
a variety of levels. From beginner guides to advanced techniques, you
can find all the help online.
• Know it will change - Do not plan to have the perfect strategy and
program when you start it. Be ready to change with the interests of
students and be open to suggestions.
• Learn from the students - I cannot tell you how many times a student
and I will start exploring a new technology at the same time, only to
have students become far more competent than me. If they have a
drive and interest to learn something, they will put a lot more time into
it than you would ask them to put into it. Have your students show you
what you need to learn when they can.
• Many small prototypes - I have found a lot of value in creating many
small prototypes like these rather than one large one. These prototypes
on the margins of school time have offered me the flexibility for
creating small focused classes on different topics of interest.