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  1. Andrea Aguirre

    I can’t see the video that should be imbedded. And yes iMovie is just that incredible. The iBook takes about 2 hours to go through and you’ll be editing movies. Just not sure what movie you are trying to compare it too.

  2. I’ve been programming and using computers since 1969. I had my first home computer in 1979 and I’ve constantly been on the bleeding edge of upgrades since. I live in a world where my MacBook Pro, my Apple Watch, and my iPhone Xs are three of my best friends. My point is that I know a lot more about technology that just about any K-12 student. What I don’t know is exactly how to best leverage this technology to help students learn more efficiently. That is what we are really missing. It’s possible that the typical high school student knows more about tech than the typical adult, which is your point here. Kids probably learn tech faster as they are more willing to try things and not worry about pushing the wrong key. If you work with kids who know more than you do, be sure to learn from them. While I may know more than any student, any student probably knows something I don’t. Keep up the good work George.

  3. I’ve thought about technology becoming easier and easier to use a lot over the past few years. The feeling that came after using your creativity to move past the constraint of older technology, or the mastering of the technology to accomplish something amazing. It provided real evidence of the learning process. I think that some of the appeal of the MAKER movement in education is that its not “easy” . and provided some of the same evidence that you are accomplishing something that is not ‘easy’ . and that you as a learner have indeed MASTERED a new way to CREATE something that did not exist before. It is evident that this contributes to the INNOVATORS MINDSET. After spending a morning with some 5th graders using microBits – one of the girls came up to me and said – “I really liked that . but my brain hurts”. This made me happy and reminded me of those earlier days of technology you mentioned. Meanwhile I’ve heard teachers remark that what they like about a new technology tool is that it’s so easy to use (you don’t even have to think about it). Vendors have caught on too have learned that the ONE button app has an audience – but I’m not sure the one button (no brainer) piece of tech is the one that will ENGAGE our students MINDS. I hear you George.

  4. Thanks for a compelling post, George. I’m thinking about your question: “…are our students better with technology than generations previous, or is technology so much easier to use in this generation?” In my experience, it’s both. However, what we also see in our schools are students who are divergent thinkers meeting up with a system that historically reinforces convergent thinking (and thinkers). It’s systemic, and no one’s fault, because most teachers have are results of this system.

    In any event, to thrive with technology in our schools, I am of the belief that teachers should begin the with end in mind, incorporate formative assessment measures early and often, and fold in technology only if/when components learning will be drastically enhanced with it’s addition.

    We can’t sure sure, at this point, that our schools are prepared for the learners who will be in our classrooms in the years to come. Question is, where are our opportunities to redefine how “teachers”, “teach” and “learners”, “learn”?

    How will our mindsets support a shift such as that?

    If we are willing to shift and share roles as “teacher” and “learner” in our classrooms, that’s sure to be a good place to spark a change.

    ~ Dennis

  5. Have you trued asking the kids? If we’re trying to figure out how best to teach our students, why do we keep asking other adults? Just ask them, they really wish you would.

  6. jennifer

    I am a 9th grade teacher and our district highly encourages using technology. However, when given a choice of pen/paper vs. Canvas or OneNote, the VAST majority of students choose paper copies. How much research proves that technology improves learning? Is there any?

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