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Are you still driving around on a hot day with the windows down?

 

Are you still driving with the windows down and the air conditioning blasting?

For so many years we spent the hot summer days at the beach. And the trip on the way home we always did the same thing...jump in the car, blast the fan and dream of life inside a refrigerator.

But then I remember my first trip in a car with air conditioning! What luxury! Absolutely incredible to think what was possible with technology.

The introduction of devices in education is very much like the introduction of air conditioning. Both require a change of habit and practise in order realise its full benefits to the environment.

If we still jumped into the car on a hot summers day wound down the windows and blasted the air conditioning we would not fully appreciate the change it could make to the environment. If you but your hand close enough to the vent you would feel that the air was definitely cooler, but over time someone would realise that the new technology (air conditioning) was costing more to run and sucking the energy from the car, the financial costs and the energy sapping factor would simply make air conditioning a waste of time in cars!

However in schools this has been the experience of the introduction on devices in education. We have spent a ton of money and effort on getting the tools into the school and learning how to use them but have not changed our practises within the classroom. We still drive around with the windows wound down. However, if we took the time to wind up the windows and change some practises within the school now the technologies are available we would reap the benefits of the changed environment.

If you settle on implementing new tools in the classroom on at a substitutive level (eg, use the tools to do what you have always done in books) people will give up and not see the point.

Can you imagine buying a car without air conditioning now a days? It's success in the automobile industry was only because people changed their habits to maximise its benefits! The same will eventually happen in education across the board, when will it happen in your school?