To all critics of one-to-one…
When I speak to educators who are not part of the one-to-one world, I often sense their apprehension. Some share their thoughts, but others just look at me with a skeptical glance. If I start talking about my work, they stop listening as soon as they assume I am another one of those “tech guys”. They assume my focus is technology and not students.…technology and not teaching and learning. Many see one-to-one as a gimmick and a giant waste of money. Many of these educators have good reason to be a little leery. Many technology initiatives haven’t focused on changing the way that we teach and students learn. They have been implemented in order to make a teacher’s job “easier”, but often have created more work and confusion. Those are some very legitimate concerns, and some of those things are unfortunately happening in one-to-one schools. But.….…this also raises a lot of questions in my mind.
I wonder if those critics have EVER.…..
visited a one-to-one school.
visited with a one-to-one teacher.
visited with a student from a one-to-one school.
I wonder if they have seen.….
how students have CREATED amazing work using their technology.
how students have COLLABORATED with others from around the world.
how students are much more ENGAGED in a one-to-one classroom.
I wonder if they have.…
talked with community members and parents who believe their students are better prepared for today’s society because they are part of a one-to-one school.
talked with business owners who love the idea of moving our schools forward.
talked with a student or parent who for the first time in their life have a computer in their home.
The recent bombardment of news about the political dialogue in this country sure has me thinking. It seems that in politics the absolute lack of knowledge about a topic doesn’t limit individuals from talking passionately about that topic. Personally, I hold education to a much higher standard. I hope that those critics of one-to-one and educational technology in general are truly informing themselves about the topic. My fear is that too often I, like many of you, am preaching to the choir. With that said.…I sure “ain’t gonna” stop my screaming, and I’m happy to have many of you next to me helping to move education forward.