Monday, January 23, 2012

Old Dogs and New Tricks

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks….
               -  unknown

Change is one of the biggest fears humans have.  And yet, learning really is change.  Even though people will say they want to improve themselves, their actions sabotage them from every direction. 

Want to prove it?  Try to get rid of a bad habit.  You know it’s bad for you, and you may even curse yourself after you do whatever it is you don’t like, but you still do it.  This is the resistance to change.

When Information Week reported ( that Apple was pushing for using iPads in the classroom t replace txt books, I thought, here we go again.  iPads in the classroom would surely be bucking the status quo.  And what about the publishing industry? 

And in my own world, I fight every day with customers who just do not see the value in providing YouTube and other web content to learn on the job.  I can walk into any office on the planet and ask someone what they would do when they waned outlearn about something new, say a new function in Microsoft Excel.  Almost to a person he answer is either Google or YouTube – and yet many of these people do not have access to these resources on the job. 

If I was paying someone a great deal of money to do a job I would give them every tool I could.

So when I heard Apple was pushing for iPads in the classroom, I cheered.  This tool can bring a great deal of learning value.  Tina Barseghian writes a blog called MindShift and last year did a post on a classroom that had adopted iPads in the classroom.  One of the student quotes says it all:

Sometimes I don’t understand the step by step the teacher gives me, but I watch the videos over and over again, and I can get it when I need the help.

One of my main goals in 2012 is to drive that idea through the corporate learning world.  Give workers the tools they need and the freedom to excel, and they will.a

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