Control vs Creativity

K-12 schools, colleges and universities on a global stature are investing dollars and human resources to capture the creativity of their students and the limitless access to digital information that comes with digital engagement. As schools invest in digital engagement and in technology infrastructures, new issues have emerged.

K-12 schools, colleges and universities on a global stature are investing dollars and human resources to capture the creativity of their students and the limitless access to digital information that comes with digital engagement. As schools invest in digital engagement and in technology infrastructures, new issues have emerged.

One of those issues centers around restrictions that institutions place on access to digital content. There certainly needs to be structure and control in place to filter content, manage devices, and monitor appropriate use. When schools deploy 1:1 digital devices (i.e. iPads), controlling and restricting those devices gains momentum, especially after an inappropriate use incident occurs.

I believe there is a cautionary note that should come to the forefront when we overly control digital engagement. Schools need to balance restricting access with restricting our students’ creativity, imagination and innovative spirit. Let’s focus on education and best practices when using digital devices and allow creativity to flourish.