1. Absolutely. Could not agree more, George. We teachers MUST lead on this… the whole “digital natives” nonsense is a dangerous myth because it offers teachers an option to abdicate the responsibility for learning about tech themselves. It’s probably true that our kids are more comfortable and less afraid of technology (although that in itself is also an oversimplification too… there are many students who struggle with tech and have little affinity with it).

    What adults need to bring to the ‘learning with tech’ equation is perspective, common sense, advice and wisdom. We need to provide a sounding board for students as they use tech. We need to challenge them with ideas and thinking that they might not discover on their own (or at least not discover in a timely enough way). We need to push our students thinking, as they work with ideas and technology to create learning experiences that matter.

    Can kids take the lead on technology? Sure. Sometimes. Challenge kids with meaningful ideas, give them the tools to meet those challenges, and they will astonish us. And they don’t usually see technology as the stumbling block that many adults will.

    But kids don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t typically explore new software tools without prompting. They often are not the discoverers of new tools, and they often cannot make the connections between a tool and a possible way to learn with it. That;s where teachers come in. That;s why good teachers need to jump in first, as you say.

    Good post, man.

  2. Yep.

    “Born into” technology does not mean “academically fluent with” technology. Familiarity breeds comfort breeds fluency. The question in fluency in what? Everyone deserves a capable coach.

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