|Technology can turn the powerless into an agent of change|
Everyone has a reason to wants social change or wants a hand in affecting change. Even people who are uncomfortable with change, expect change in others in order to maintain the status quo.
There are six different types of agents of change. The Ultra Committed Change-Maker is a zealot for social change whose life is revolves around their passion. The Faith-inspired Giver is an individual whose religious values propel their enthusiasm for change. The social Conscious Consumer is a environmentally aware individual who often works for social justice causes. The Purposeful Participant aids his career and furthers their goals through social work. The Casual Contributor propelled by immediate issues in their community and Social Change Spectator participates personally in changes near and far.
Today, I worked with four first grade teachers who are working to get through their first weeks of a one to one digital device roll out. After six months of preparations, the students received their iPads today yet the teachers are hesitant. More than hesitant, they choose to focus on the negative aspects of the device roll out instead of seeing how these very expensive tools can change the way their students look at life. They failed to see the privilege that comes with being part of an elevated demographics and all the material trappings that often blinds them to the plight of teachers worldwide that do not even have pencils for their students.
In the K-12 Horizon Report, their is a call for change in the way schools work and in the way teachers work to maintain students engaged in what they are learning. Teachers like the ones mentioned above are so engrossed in the way things “should be” that they are not paying attention to the way things “could be”. They ignore a powerful juncture where they could become the fulcrum of social change by using the iPad to teach children how they too can be part of social change. Children are agents of change instead they will learn apathy and protests.
Social change is birthed by one’s attitude and beliefs about their ability to make a difference. In agreement with the social change agent quiz, I am a Socially Conscious Consumer. This characterization explains my career choice and the way I chose to spend my resources. I have worked in West and East Africa in my quest to create changes and now I work in American schools to train children to uphold the American values such as innovation and progressive thinking.