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Now, is this the first time you have heard this? Alan Kay's comments seem like what many others have been saying for some time. Leverage technology to add depth to the learning and inquiry process. Project Red's recent research says the same thing. Do it right and it impacts student learning significantly.
Some take Kay's comments and those like him as depressing due to the failure of our schools to take advantage of an amazing opportunity. On the other hand, it gives me hope for the future. We are gaining momentum in our schools on how to put technology in a school environment and help students inquire, collaborate and give feedback at high levels. We are recognizing the need to move forward now in ways that have not happened in the last 30 years. For me, I see hope and anticipation at what is poised to by a dynamic time for students. And we need to take action. Our context with technology is different than it has been in the past. We have to turn "clickable" kids into vibrant, dynamic learners with whatever tools we can put in their hands.
Are you being left behind? Are you ready to participate? Some need to be pioneers. Others need to come along and sustain the momentum. It starts with one transformed classroom at a time. Where are you?