Disruptive technology permeates our culture. Spider Robinson once wrote a about a time traveler in Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon. The man, a minister, has spent 10 years in the prison of a rebellion laden country. When he was released, the hardest part for him to come to terms with is the change which has occurred in the world in his absence. How could he minister, or hold any job, when he could not relate to the situations which created the current conditions.
Consider that as a mid career educator, none of the norms of educational media and methods which existed in our youth are norms today. For that matter, even our newest educators-those all energetic first year teachers starting in the 2011-12 school year – started kindergarten BEFORE Windows had been released*. How can we as teachers teach in these conditions?
Current trends in education show that blended and online learning are growing as the new medium by which teachers teach and attempt to bridge this gap. Online education is a disruptive technology** which is so recent in its advance and so disruptive that it is necessary to revise how we do what we do in education. Disruptivity is dedicated to the teachers in this new educational frontier –how they work and interact with students, grow professionally to embrace the disruption of the brick and mortar, and expand this field.
*Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985 ** 10 most disruptive technology combinations 2008 PC World.com