THE IMPACT OF SELF-CASTING ON TEACHING AND LEARNING

We are entering a time when more and more people will be soon self-casting. People will be broadcasting many or all of the events of their lives for friends and strangers to watch. This will disrupt the way we teach and learn in our schools and classrooms.

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Tools like Periscope that create smart phone broadcasting platforms and hands-free live-streaming capable miniature cameras have brought a new level of accessibility to our schools and classrooms.  The use of these tools and devices will only increase because people love sharing the events of their lives.  While initially resisted, as most disruptions usually are, because of issues of safety and accountability self-casting will soon become common place.  Even where it will be prohibited by rule it will be more and more difficult to enforce prevention.

Self-casting will lead to various crises as our schools and classrooms attempt to adjust to the new reality of a 24/7 live streamed world.  The first principal who has a difficult, but maybe routine, live streamed discipline interaction with a student, or the first teacher who suddenly realizes in the middle of a less than engaging lesson that “The Whole World is Watching” will be unprepared for the social media shockwaves that follow.  The resulting crowdpounding from events like this will lead to rapid instructional and behavioral change. Any remaining veil of uncertainty about what is happening in schools and classrooms in America will be torn forever.

Two views on that new reality:

The 24/7 Self-casting era will be beneficial for teaching and learning:

  • Parents will know exactly what is happening in our schools and classrooms.  They will never again have to decipher an answer like “Fine” or “nothing much” from their children to know how their day went.  They will be able to see first hand the authentic learning and innovative teaching their students experience.
  • Talented educators and students will quickly become overnight sensations and lauded as #rockstars once the whole world is exposed to their greatness.  They will instantly have recognizable personal brands that allow them to positively influence teaching and learning across the nation and globe.
  • The inequity of facilities and educational experiences will be revealed and result in commitments to provide necessary resources.
  • Educators will be able to observe and learn from the best in their business and share their own ideas to improve education.
  • Students will be able to learn online from the best instructors and systems in the world.
  • Everything about teaching and learning will improve because of the increased scrutiny, access to best practices, and immediate social feedback.

The 24/7 Self-casting era will be detrimental for teaching and learning:

  • What is live-streamed will inevitably still be only one perspective of reality and maybe an intentionally incorrect reality designed to cause harm to other students and educators.
  • Educational risk-taking will end because of the high cost of a live streamed failure
  • People make unintentional mistakes, but there will be little forgiveness for live streamed mistakes.
  • Standardization will be emphasized over individualization and creativity due to constant monitoring (related thoughts on NFL coaches and 4th down)
  • Necessary discipline interactions and effective restorative discipline practices produce better results with fewer bystanders.
  • Any administrator or teacher meetings with disgruntled stakeholders will be more formal and less effective as concern about any resolution takes a back seat to presentation.
  • There will be little privacy for those who legally need it

Self-casting is coming to our schools and classrooms.  Why watch scripted reality TV when you can live stream a school cafeteria during lunch, passing period, or classroom?

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