A Personal Reflection on MindSets

As my first week of the MAET program comes to an end, I reflect on what I have learned this past week.

One topic that has really stuck out to me is mindsets. Through our discussions, we focused a lot on what mindsets are, what mindsets we need to posses in order to be successful integrators of technology, and the benefits of having these different mindsets.

In class, we discussed the existence of two different mindsets – those that seek technological advancement and innovation (Mindset 2), and those that avoid it (Mindset 1).

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From Knobel & Lankshear “Discussing New Literacies”

This discussion really resonated with me because I can actively see this divide happening in schools.  There are some teachers that are all “tech-ed out” and use all things digital to increase student engagement and fun; while other teachers staunchly cling to their paper and pencil ways of teaching because that has been successful for them for the past x number of years (and that is probably how they learned as school aged children too).

The epiphany I had throughout these discussions about Mindset 1 and Mindset 2 is that you don’t holistically want to be either one, you need a blend of the two.  I feel that too often teachers feel like they need to pick sides and be one or the other, but in reality you can be both – as both are needed for success.

After discussing the characteristics of each mindset, our class looked at ways in which we can close the gap between these two opposite ends of the techie spectrum.  We came up with a list of words and phrases that describe the mindset you need to have to successfully integrate technology into an already existing concrete curriculum.

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What I take away from this discussion, is that integrating technology need not be scary, it need not be all-encompassing.  Everyone can integrate technology into their room – rookie, veteran, seasoned or novice – with a few easy mind shifts.

Technology integration will happen in small steps, the first of those steps is the mind shift.

Sources:

Knobel, M. & Lankshear, C. (2006). Discussing New Literacies. Language Arts, 84(1), 78-86. Retrieved June 11, 2011, from Research Library Core. (Document ID: 1135586201). “What do we mean by new literacies?” pages 80-82.

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