2023-11-29 21:31

Kobus van Wyk

Innovation – using old things in new ways

The e-pioneer is an innovator.

Innovation is usually associated with the invention of new things.  Unfortunately not all of us are in a position to invent things like the wheel, the light bulb or a cloning technique.  That does not mean we can’t be innovators.

Today innovation is no longer about building something from nothing or designing things that had never been thought of before; rather, it is now about taking existing tools and ideas and applying them in new ways.

The application of technology to the field of education lends itself to this new wave of innovation.

Most technologies, such as computers, cell phones, the internet and many software applications, were invented to serve specific needs of the business world.  Education was the last thing on the minds of the inventors.

The e-pioneer can prove to be a real innovator when new ways are found to use existing technologies in support of education.  This requires a thorough understanding of the barriers to teaching and learning, as well as an in-depth understanding of technology.  The e-pioneer must be well acquainted with both fields in order to find solutions, and must not hesitate to explore possibilities.  Remember, many attempts are necessary before an innovator may hit on a winning idea.

Technology in itself will not make a difference to education – it is its innovative application that has the power to transform dark-age classrooms.

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