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  1. Great reflections George, and thanks for the links to the resources! For me, if someone says that technology doesn’t have its place in schools, it indicates that they are sadly out of touch with the evolution of society.

  2. Good reflection. I wonder if simply saying “looking at test scores” is too narrow too. There are many things we do in our lives. I know that when I completely unplug, I have a period of disquiet as my reward center grasps for the incessant input of information. I’m an information junkie, which isn’t all bad. But when I’m unplugged, my reward center has to settle itself. I find I start writing more, thinking more, noticing more. But George, is this really a question of all or nothing? Shouldn’t it really be about how are we thoughtful about the tools we have? How do we teach self regulation and executive functioning around the use of technology so as to increase learning?

  3. There have certainly been several blogs and tweets on this subject lately. I think that much of it (as you and others imply) is based on a misunderstanding about what effective teaching and learning is. As administrators many of us are championing Inquiry Based Learning and Knowledge Building of all types. The most effective classrooms are reflective of student interests, involve collaborative learning, and the building of knowledge based on student working with each other, various staff and any other “experts” they can get their hands on. The intentional use of technological tools can be an integral part of this learning. The experts, political pundits and journalists who agonize over the potential use and usefulness of technology tools don’t realize that they are being left behind. Many of our youth aren’t even aware of the controversy and when they are it is irrelevant to most of them. They are not waiting for approval or permission. They are already using social media every day and engage in thousands of interactions through their “friends, followers and favourites.” As educators our role should be to support them, learn from them, and help them to use these collaborative tools to further their own learning. We need to decide if we want to help drive the bus, ride the bus, or just wave as it drives away.

  4. George,
    I have been wanting to read more about this recent study. I am wondering what type of learning was taking place with technology. There is a difference between being taking through levels or answering multiple choice questions on an application and creating, sharing thinking, and connecting with others in our learning. I think there are different ways to define “screen time” as well. You share many interesting questions we should be asking about technology, literacy, and learning.

    Cathy

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