Yesterday, I had the powerful opportunity to speak to the Texas State Board of Education at a Learning Roundtable, Educating the Digital Generation. Surrounded by Superintendents, Researchers, Publishers, Experts, and Instructional Technology Directors, I listened, watched and learned for quite an inspirational day at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.
For the two hours preceding my assigned speaking time, I wrestled with the question – What makes the content I intend to share worthy of listening? I made quick adjustments to my speaking notes and I started with this … My name is Mary Kemper. I serve as the Director of Mathematics in Coppell ISD. More importantly, I am a proud product of Texas Public Schools. I have a vested interest in our schools. My children are/will be students in Texas Public Schools. And, 11,000+ learners in CISD are impacted by my work.
We are at a tipping point in education and it is exciting to be on the leading edge of great change! The change that is coming is in what materials we use to teach – how students access information. Traditional content is being challenged by Open Source.
The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. (The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell)
Why change? Why seek teaching resources from anywhere other than a traditional textbook?
I offer 6 reasons (and one bonus reason!) below: value, accessibility, alignment, quality, availability, and money. I would like to add that it is not surprising, though, in a time of HGTV and DIY, that teachers are creative and they utilize their digital access to content in classrooms around the world.