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What We Learned abt The Role of The Teacher at #Educon

What We Learned abt The Role of The Teacher at #Educon

How has the role of the teacher changed when a student can Google anything? That’s what three colleagues (@eileen_lennon, @JPatanio, @DarlynnAlfalla) and I discussed with participants at this year’s #Educon. We discussed with participants what we could expect to see more or less of in the age of Google as well as the new vs traditional roles.

Here is what we came up with at the session:

What we'll see in the age of Google, more or less...



  1. Critical Eval of Websites
  2. Analyze for credibility
  3. Creating content
  4. Customizable and proactive searches
  5. More developed questions and questions skills
  6. Primary Sources
  7. Sharing of ideas and collaboration
  8. True intellectual honest conversations
  9. Opinions supported by facts
  10. Transparency
  11. Nice political conversations!
  12. Exposure to other opinions
  13. Broader Community
  14. Empathy
  16. Looking at the top hit in Google
  17. Looking up facts
  18. Education will be less of imparting knowledge
  19. Siri
  20. Slaves to the algorithm that is already dictated.
  21. Textbooks
  22. Working in isolation
  23. Less grey areas of understandable facts
  24. Teacher opinion
  25. One viewpoint and perspective
  26. Hateful speech (hopefully)
  27. Biased views
  28. Defensive arguments
  29. Trolls
  30. One size fits all

New roles vs old roles in the age of Google...

New Roles

Traditional Roles

  1. Support students publishing
  2. Inspiration provider
  3. Facilitator
  4. Fact Synthesizer
  5. Digital Classroom
  6. Coach
  7. Macro Manager
  8. Ring Master
  9. Self-regulation modeling
  10. Learning experience designer, Mentor/Advisor
  11. Audience for student work
  12. Information disseminator
  13. Dictator
  14. Fact Recycler/Summarizer
  15. Paper/Pencil Classroom
  16. Manager
  17. Micromanager
  18. Lion Tamer
  19. Policeman
  20. Facilitator

One participant, Dan Gallagher, shared this vision for how he viewed today's classroom. You can click on various areas in the classroom to learn more.

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.