Monthly Archives: May 2015

Confucius and the Social Network….

Another excerpt from the controversial Ed Tech Blockbuster – Confucius in the Technology Realm, by Darryl Vidal.  Rowman & Littlefield Education publishers – released October 2015….

On Social Networks

Who are you?  What are you?  What do others think of you? Is perception reality?

Are you good or bad?  Happy or sad? Fat or thin?  Thus the yin yang of the Social Network.

We must acknowledge the bad, and harvest the good.  We must control the perception that becomes our reality.  For what the page tells of you, is what you allow.  

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A wise man once said, “it is better to keep your mouth closed, and have others think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Thus is the rule for the social networks.  What you allow to define you, others will mis-read, and misunderstand.  What you might find as good, others see as bad.  Your attributes, flaws.  Your skills, liabilities.  Your best wishes, narcissistic indulgences.

Much good has been attained via the social network, and much bad has manifested to balance the scale.  But it is possible to find the good, and leave the bad to those whom would not exercise better judgement.  It is a lesson for all, but most importantly, for the apprentice to teach the novice.  For the novice is the most likely to fall into the pit of acrimony offered by the social network.

On Paradigm Shift….

What of Paradigm Shift?  What is paradigm shift?

These powerful words connote reality and movement from and to.

Does this mean the current paradigm is flawed?  What is the current paradigm?

If it must shift, then to what form or function?

It is easy to call for this dynamic, but one must understand the truth and flaws of the current and address them for the future.

Presumptive?  Can we define a future state that we’ve not experienced?

Is the new paradigm part of the Ultimate Embodiment? Or just another use of the Myriad of Things?

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We believe that Paradigm Shift is necessary to achieve the ultimate goal of technology application to education.  The most fundamental is the notion that technology improves education.

Technology CAN improve education, but only if the district, school, leadership and teachers all understand the premise and concepts of the application of technology to the curriculum and can effectively practice these methods in the classroom.

Then we must still ask the same question, have we improved student achievement?

But paradigm shift goes beyond the classroom.  In fact, the paradigm shift must encompass the whole of community.

In a community where the administrators and teachers acknowledge the need to move the students to understand a new paradigm, what of their parents and community members?

Here we encounter the acknowledgement that one of the keys to transformation is external to the school itself.  Parental communications and involvement of business, and city government as well as state and federal education challenges must be addressed as well.  But how?

By the organization’s focus on the Ultimate Embodiment, and communication of this goal and reality throughout the school, its members, and it’s community.