Sylvia Martinez, who writes at Generation Yes says:
“You can’t buy change. It’s a process, not a purchase. The right shopping list won’t change education.”
When I attend planning meetings I often hear "Well, last year we did .....". I have to keep pointing out that I'm not really interested in how things were done last year (which again was just the same as the year before), what I really want to do is to talk about what we need to do NOW to prepare our students for their future. What is needed is not more money, but more time, though of course it can be argued that times costs money. Time for teachers to experiment, time for teachers to visit other classrooms to see what is going on there. Time for them to make mistakes and learn from them. But time is something that we just don't have. We are all looking in the right direction, but I feel some of us are just looking and not walking forwards and of the ones that are walking, most are not walking fast enough. That's just not good enough for our students as we have to educate them for tomorrow not for today and we and they don't have the luxury of having plenty of time to waste on things that will soon become irrelevant.
Technology needs to be infused into all areas of the curriculum. As Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE says:
The use of technology in learning and teaching is essential for real and lasting change.
The question to me is how do we get teachers to accept that they need to change and then how do we get them to change. For me, now, it's more important to be investing in professional development, in showing teachers the possibilities that are out there. It's also a matter of requiring that teachers develop themselves as professionals and for that sometimes you have to use a carrot and sometimes you have to use a stick. Here is another quotation I ran across yesterday when looking at a slideshare from a workshop at Educon:
Change is like sunshine: some change because they see the light, some change because they feel the heat.