I was sent a great link last week to the Futurelab Education Eye site and this article regarding the (unintentional) impact Steve Jobs has had upon learners making them digital creators. (The link is nestled over on the left side of the page.)
(Irony: Don’t bother clicking on an iOS device – it’s a Flash site)
Being an avid Apple fan I am not sure about this article although it does make a decent case for the defence.
However, I am only 1300 pages into the official biography (the bit after Pixar and his marriage) I refrain from making my decision at this point until i see how the rest of the story maps out in detail. Yes, Jobs did market products specifically to the Education sector in his early days while at NeXT, but have the current technological advances came about in spite of which direction the products were intended to move us in? Was Jobs vision not holistic when it came to the development of his products?
Jobs may be credited with producing a generation of media creators but no more than Gates can be credited with producing a generation of PC Technicians who can troubleshoot desktop machine errors. I am not sure that Jobs didn’t believe technology was changing the world much – to this point in the book, Jobs seems to be driven, almost obsessive in his journey to produce technology that does exactly this.
I also feel that the majority of our learners are mostly media consumers, choosing to assimilate and curate content rather than the generation of producers the article hints at. This is changing with every day though, we see it in the application of our Teach-IT products and how they support teachers to engage and develop learners ICT skills, the development of our new curriculum with ICT at the heart and the increasing ownership of mobile technology that can produce the content to be consumed.
Would this not have happened anyway on our trusty old PC’s, Droids and Tablets?
Let me finish the book first before I decide!
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