In this post I’d like to highlight something which seems to be conveniniently ignored among the digital-believers and something that seems to be assumed – both are fundamental road-blocks to thinking.
Firstly, people’s attitudes towards buying technology is not the same as being given it. Being given something that is clearly inferior to what someone else is given is as de-motivating as not being given anything at all. When ‘new’ objects come out, those faced with ‘buying’ them from their own pocket – most people take the attitude I would rather see how it [the technology] evolves and what new models come out and try to avoid buying first generation technology (as they perceive them to have issues) and will be cheaper the second time around. The result is, that for most people ‘the revoltion begins tomorrow’ is perfectly rational. Those who appear to benefit most in educational technology of course display the opposite behavior, they use it as a point of credibility and superiority.
Imagine if even one of them came up with something that would see parents and kids line up for it as they appear to do at the Apple store to get the new iDevice first. That would be something to talk about.
Next, the assumption that after the [insert orgin country major weath resource] runs out, we will live on knowledge. Most new knowledge is full or errors and omitions. Its also usually thin on data and popular analysis by public voting is hardly worth the time spent on it.
Most people don’t buy into the first generation of new-things – and despite educational technology pundits assertions, they are going to have to accept that their preferences place them continually in the ‘first generation’ department, so nothing flows through to second generation – and so most teachers won’t adopt any of it or be given it. This is of course the plan – it avoids having to prove much at all – which is profitable.
Games? Well what generation are they in? What generation is the research in? — what generation is the experience in?
I have to wonder, just how long it will take before the 1% realises the 99% are not going to change their behaviour – unless they do. I wonder if its because they don’t know what to do if pleasure fails to live up to expectations – as for most kids, teachers and parents right now – technology is no where near being pleasurable or equitable. But if you’re in the 1% who make a living out of the problem, every day is a pleasure I would guess, and pleasuring yourself in public to most people is just weird.