Empowering Educators and Students in the Era of Predictable Unpredictability

POSTED: November 14, 2023Category: GeneralBY: digitial

Navigating Disruptive Technologies with Adaptability Quotient (AQ) in Education

The world of education is teetering on the edge of a profound transformation, driven by the relentless advance of disruptive technology. For key players in education, including teachers, administrators, and students, the ability to stay focused on learning while navigating this digital revolution is of utmost importance.

Blended Learning and Technology Integration, guided by frameworks like SAMR and TPACK, provide a roadmap to empower both educators and students, enabling them to harness the potential of technology while keeping learning at the heart of the educational experience. But in this era of “predictable unpredictability,” as noted by John Mikton, the concept of Adaptability Quotient (AQ) emerges as a crucial linchpin for educators and students.

Blended Learning represents a powerful educational approach that seamlessly fuses traditional in-person instruction with digital tools and resources. This approach empowers educators and students to harness the power of technology without sacrificing the invaluable face-to-face interactions that are the cornerstone of K-12 education.

Two Technology Integration frameworks remain integral when it comes to effective technology integration in the classroom. The two provide structure in the fast-changing digital landscape with all technologies including AI, finding a base as they transform classrooms. They include;

1. The Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition (SAMR) Model
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers educators and students a framework to assess the impact of technology on learning. It encourages them to reach for the higher levels where technology becomes a catalyst for profound learning transformation. Learn more about SAMR here.

2. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Framework

The TPACK framework emphasizes the convergence of three knowledge domains: Technological Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge, and Content Knowledge, offering a seamless integration of technology into education. Learn more about TPACK here.

The Importance of Adaptability Quotient (AQ)

In this era of “predictable unpredictability,” John Mikton’s Adaptability Quotient (AQ) becomes an indispensable element for educators and students. AQ is the intelligence one needs to adapt to current problems and anticipate future challenges in a rapidly changing world. It revolves around recognizing what is relevant, being comfortable with unlearning past knowledge, adjusting to real-time change, and challenging habits and beliefs.

Maintaining a Focus on Learning and Technology with AQ

The integration of AQ within the education system is paramount. It encourages educators and students to embrace change, even when it feels unsettling and challenging. AQ enables us to balance new approaches with current ones, ensuring a dynamic and adaptive educational environment.

In the ever-evolving landscape of K-12 education, Blended Learning and Technology Integration, along with Adaptability Quotient (AQ), serve as guiding lights. SAMR and TPACK, together with AQ, provide educators and students with the tools they need to ensure that the focus remains unwaveringly on learning, even as technology becomes a powerful ally in achieving educational objectives.

By embracing these frameworks and AQ, educators and students alike can prepare for a future where technology and traditional pedagogy seamlessly coexist, creating a transformative and educationally enriching experience.

The world is changing, and so must we, adapting to the “predictable unpredictability” of the future.

Join us on November 27, 2023, at 4:00 PM GMT to discuss how to navigate disruptive technologies with Adaptability Quotient (AQ) in education.

Registration and Meeting details can be found in the AISA Blended Learning and Technology Integration Practice Group.


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  4. Mikton, J. (2023, October 5). Adaptability Quotient (AQ): Navigating “Predictable unpredictability,.”

By Felix Malombe

EdTech and Innovation Advisor, AISA.

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