This blog is about technology, software and social media. It's aimed as much towards 'normal' people as the tech savvy. The author is Tony Gallacher.
This is the follow up to The Tech Post article After Generation Y, Generation Y-not? about the Digitally Agile Project in Scotland.
The advance of digital technology gives us wonderful – almost magical – tools like the iPad, the world wide web and amazing scientific advances, such as the visualisation of digitised medical images.
There is a kind of Darwinian ruthlessness to technological progress, though. It has no respect for the way we’ve always been comfortable doing anything, if there is now a better way.
It’s oblivious to our affection for traditional media like printed books, magazines and newspapers. It appears that they have been selected for obsolescence – by Digital Evolution.
We are evolving as well. A new generation of humans is growing up more in sync with technology. Any teacher, any community worker, anyone who wants to hold the attention of this new generation will have to meet them in their digital world.
It’s important for us to remember that not everyone shares a passion for ‘All Things D’. Solutions for this problem – the increasing demands of a digital world – must be suitable for the range of abilities and interest in technology that exist in the community and education fields.
There is also a cost, measured in time, to be paid by anyone who wants to keep up with digital advances. We can’t simply claim that everyone now needs to be ‘digitally agile’ and pass the responsibility to the individual. Partly because it would be unfair and mostly because it wouldn’t work.
Consider these surveys:
I have hopes for the Digitally Agile Scotland project. I hope it will suggest some great ways for Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to support the Community and Learning Development sector, as it adopts more digital technology.
I hope it will recognise that community workers, activists and educators can’t be expected to absorb the overhead of adapting to digital advances without additional resources, training and support.
I’m reminded of the brilliant Paul Eddington, as PM Jim Hacker, in Yes, Prime Minister. He would ooze into his Churchill impression and tell us, “there are many calls on the public purse”. That’s true but this one is fundamental to the future of our country’s children, and its economy.
What do you think about digital agility? How do you keep up with technology?
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