1. Marc Nead

    It’s interesting how obvious it seems that kids need to use those devices in their pockets, yet so many people (educators) want to stifle that freedom, because they are afraid of the device or are unsure how the device can be helpful.

  2. Lisa Parisi

    Fabulous! You have stated very clearly what I talk with parents and admin about all the time. We teachers need to be there to help our students learn to use this amazing tool, not to hide it away out of fear.

  3. Jay

    It will be interesting when we shift from BYOD discussion to BYON (Network) and quick access to information will be the issue. How might this impact learning?

  4. Chris Woldhuis

    Some really good comments here George. I particularly like your comments about relationship, they are key to good teaching. I see so many opportunities for technology to make the space for easier relationship building. If we use the technology to assist us in differentiating, we give ourselves over to working with students, not so much teaching at them.

  5. Norah Colvin

    Great article! I love that you state that one must not wait for another to allow them a voice. This is part of the power of social media. In my own personal circle there are few who share my educational ideals and goals. On the internet I can connect with many worldwide with similar philosophies, and my isolation dissolves as I join international communities and my own, previously shaky, voice is strengthened by connecting with other similar voices.

  6. Janelle McLaughlin

    Our system is launching a new reading initiative as we watch our students’ reading interests and performance continue to decrease as they progress through school. I have several factors that play into my theory behind this decline, but you mentioned one huge one in your post – teacher relationships with students. Students don’t care to work for teachers who don’t care about them. Elementary teachers work with the same kids all day long. They know their home lives, they know their educational backgrounds, they know their reading levels, and they know their personal interests. All of those play into how effective the child’s learning is in that classroom. As students get older, teachers stop teaching the child and focus more on teaching the content. That relationship divide only grows when the same teachers refuse to connect with their students on their levels, and communicate with them through their medium of choice – digitally.

  7. Tracy

    Information access is still evolving and quality information access and the deep web is something that students still struggle with. While I agree with your article I also would suggest that teaching and learning still needs to happen on quality sources, how to navigate sources, and search further and deeper in order to gain quality and not just skim the surface. It really depends on what you are looking for….but this I have found is something that students still need guidance with. All too often they settle for the first source and don’t dig further.

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