4th blog post: Week 3

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What might the next 10 years hold if technological change keeps accelerating? (Unfortunately this is only an excerpt as I had such negative feelings about not being taught to code in this subject that Chris allowed me to post Week 3’s answers to him in private. This summarises the bulk of my feelings though. Hope you can use it.)

The next 10 years will hold a plethora of learning tools which will be developed by people with IT skills who don’t design products with educational theories in mind. As a result, busy teachers will:

  1. Spend extra time searching for appropriate products which allow the creation of content without having to code (unless they have some ability to code and can therefore tweek a product into something they can work with)
  2. Lose their creativity by being forced to use products that don’t quite meet their needs (if they can’t code)
  3. Spend time waiting for IT support staff to create learning objects for themselves
  4. Lose their independence with creating content
  5. Eventually be passed over for jobs to younger graduates who today are currently being taught to code in schools. (BTW, in no way is the picture used intended to denigrate someone (especially a child) of a different culture – it was merely intended as a thought provoking picture of our current (yet future) competition – and the skills they’ll gain will be scary.)

As a Librarian in an education setting, my role is that of a teacher when it comes to supporting information needs of students. I know all four points above have relevance to my role – there’s a lot of literature and opinion pieces by similarly like-minded individuals on the web.
Here is just some of the stuff we can do when we adopt coding (or not):

coding flowchart

Flowchart taken from (Putnam, 2013)

Further learning to code is extremely important to all of us (not only Librarians) in terms of job security. In the video below, parents and Librarians recognise coding as a “new literacy”, that the future will rely on our ability to code and that parents use public libraries as one source of learning this information to enable children to “better themselves and their families”.  So again, as the next generation of “old foggies” we need to take time out of our lives to learn to code, if we wish to be both marketable and valued. Are we on this bandwagon yet? For me, the answer is “no”, and something for my continuing professional development.

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