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  1. Trajanka Petkovska

    Hi George,
    Another great story. I agree with you that it does not take to be an expert in technology to be able to use it and stay connected. I have to admit that out of curiosity and desire to learn, in addition to learning the English language, I have taught myself about computers, smart technologies and different social networks.
    We, as educators, must continue to learn in order to have a better understanding of today’s and future generations. Speaking of myself, my students are my driving force to learn. I do not have and I do not want to exercise any power to stop the world from moving forward. That would be sad.
    Your question reminded me of the moment of my life when I, as a child watched Neil Armstrong making the history, and my grandmother asked me to turn “that box” off because it was impossible for any human being to get to the Moon.

  2. Nicole

    I have often asked myself am I “tech savvy” and how do you become “tech savvy” and I came to the conclusion that if there is always something to learn because technology is constantly changing is it possible to be tech savvy – can you ever be all knowing.

    Everytime I read my twitter feed I discover one more thing I can do with technology that I never new was possible or even existed.

    So my question is how do we define the term tech savvy? What does that concept mean?

    If I am always learning something new about technology and the way to use technology effectively does that make me a techie.

    I think you addressed a key element in your post which is do you know where to find the information – and how can the tools such as twitter, blogs etc be used to deepen learning. My goal is to be able to say

    Here is a thought – I was driving in the car with my 7 year old and passing her a kleenex when she asked me “do animals get runny noses or stuffed up noses” I thought about that question and said Great question I dont know! her response was: look it up mom! I said: I cant right know because I’m driving and her response was: ask Siri – at that moment I thought to myself my 7 year old is more tech savvy then I am!

    • George

      Maybe it is more important to ask if we are “learning savvy” than “tech savvy”? Thanks for pushing my thinking!

  3. Hello George!
    Another great post! If you were to ask me two years ago if I thought Twitter was “stupid” my hand definitely would have shot up in response to your question and back then I would have considered myself a tech savy, integration leader! Today, Twitter has become an incredibly powerful means for me to share and learn from like minded educators across the world.
    Twitter has allowed me to bring my classroom to the world and the world to my classroom. Through the use of Twitter my students and I have collected global, real time data (temperatures) and worked on the math. We have given feedback to the developer of the app, Explain Everything and shared how we are using it with him and others. Our class has elicited feedback from around the world on a class video that we made to share the essence and spirit of our “One Word” project. We shared our school’s 20 year tradition of Christmas giving and had 5000+ people in over 60 countries view it and become inspired to start their own traditions. We have build a relationship with one of our favourite artists, Matthew West and acquired a licence to use one of his song in our video. Just yesterday we received a letter from Hon. Kathleen Wynne commending us on our GLOBAL Give 4 Christmas Challenge and we tweeted her a heartfelt thank you!
    The use of any type of technology can be “stupid” and there are certainly many examples of how social media can be dangerous and detrimental to society as a whole. I am teaching my students, our future leaders, how they can use the tools that they have readily available to them to make a positive, powerful difference in the world.
    My website, that shares ideas, resources and examples can be viewed here: https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com
    The GLOBAL Give 4 Christmas Challenge can be viewed here:
    https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com
    Feel free to visit the above two sites, take from them as you wish and SHARE!
    Peter
    @cherandpete

  4. This is an excellent point, George. It’s so easy to slam the latest technologies without looking thoughtfully at how they can be applied. As you so rightly note, it’s not really about the technology at all. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I appreciate the twist on the subject. I have trust in my ability to use technology and enjoy finding tools to use. However takeaway those tools or the shelter it provides and I lose some confidence. Definitely an interesting idea to ponder.

    • George

      Thanks David…I think that many of us (including myself) have become comfortable with what we know now, but was tough at one time. We have to continuously ask questions to move forward. Thank you for the comment!

  6. Dear George
    I agree! Teachers and Educational Leaders need to be endlessly curious about the world that their students inhabit in order to engage them and introduce them to other worlds and fields of knowledge. With the pace of technological change it is hard for anyone to be truly “tech savyy” especially time poor teachers who spend their days managing the face to face relationships of learners. A good strategy is to apply the “learning lens” in deciding whether a new technology is useful within the school context.

  7. Adam Doyle

    Dear George,
    You’re an inspiration. This philosophy seems to follow the thinking of “starting with the end in mind”. That is, set the learning goal, whether its skills or knowledge or both, and then finding the technology that best fits the situation. I believe that it might also be beneficial to select technology that mirrors the brains thinking processes. This then allows students, teachers and leaders to consciously control their thinking and so be more self-reflective on their learning and decision making … I think. It seems to make sense to me but I would appreciate any comments. Anyway, thanks George for all the many hours of self-reflection you have inspired in me. Keep it up.

    • George

      Thank you Adam! I really appreciate your kind words! I think the value of self-reflection on “why we do what we do” is essential if we are looking to grow. I appreciate your comment.

  8. Great post George. Reminds me of Simon Sinek’s points that “people don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it.” I think that too often we get caught up in the what, joining Twitter, using GAFE, but forget WHY we are doing it. For me, it is about helping other learners, whether teachers or students, find their spark. If it doesn’t come back to this, then I feel I need to question what I am doing.

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