I’m all about ‘disruption” (to borrow Clayton Christensen’s term) and think this is the most potent role that technology plays in our society.
A disrupter thinks small and keeps moving. Large companies/groups are about sustaining and normalcy – the small can dress up in innovation and act quickly – revel in change. Technology in the hands of one man can upset the apple card and enable a fresh wind to blow and bring greater efficiencies, better learning and more freedoms. That’s the revoluton.
There are two parts to disruption that I play. One part is making things real, trying things and putting things out there – see my previous post about my successes and failures online – Muckin’ About. That’s only a partial list, I could add many more.
But another vital part of disruption is promoting the creation of products by the lowly individual AND the access to those products by the many. It is about open resources that allow us to put money into classrooms and learning and not the coffers of larger profit barons (and we know who they are). It is disruption through creating connections and access where before none exists.
But it takes time to change mind sets. Teachers will not even blink asking their students to pay large publishers $20, $30, $100. The pact with the devil is that by using the kings of publishing we are buying authority. Like Pascal’s quip that “a judge would not have his authority without his wig”, so too many teachers without a Pearson, Cambridge or Oxford textbook. But it is an illusion and will one day soon fall. In the meantime, I’m going to keep playing my part and getting others to see the emperor’s wear no clothes (and especially in language teaching where the real world is IT and not a text, where with video we now can bring the real world to our classes and can throw out the textbook).
The last few years I’ve produced many free materials for teachers. Ebooks or “tech”books. I’m often asked where a teacher might get them all. I’ve made partial lists but until now, had no definitive collection. So here it is, a definitive collection, each with a brief description. Enjoy. Download to your hearts content Support my work if you can by becoming an EFL Classroom 2.0 supporter for a one time, lifetime payment of $19.95. It all gets plowed back into my efforts to give power to the many and keep tipping over apple carts.
I’ll also mention here, though not a book, still pretty damn disruptive – The Free Basic TESOL Certificate course I created. You’ll even get a certificate after you complete it!