In Life Beyond G Suite, my friend David Jakes asks:
If you believe that the use of G Suite has made you, your students, or your school more innovative, that's good. My question: how long will G Suite continue to be something that inspires innovative thought and practice?
My guess: Not forever. G Suite will have a shelf life. Everything does. Of course, it will continue to grow and improve - but will that be enough for you and your kids? More importantly, will it become more interesting for you and for your students and will it help kids learn differently? Will G Suite still be a catalyst for innovative practice in a year? Two years? Five years? How long before G Suite becomes the next interactive whiteboard? It's available, it's useful, but...
I am not terribly sure whether any technology impacts one's creative or innovative capacities. Am I as a writer more or less creative using GSuite's Docs than I was in 1981 when I was using AppleWriter? Or while using Word or AppleWorks or typing in the text editor of my blog?
Would Jakes argument require a new type of paint brush in order for da Vinci to be creative? Or providing a new kind of camera for Annie Leibovitz to take imaginative portrait?
It is not the tool, but the mind behind it, that makes us innovative - in education and in life.
The greater the transparency, the less one needs to think about how to operate a tool, the better. If I have a concern about the development of G Suite it is not about what new features it may add, but whether the new features will turn a simple tool into one so complex that it actually interferes with the creative process.