Not sure if you’ve had a chance to stop by yet, but Ed Week has been hosting a Teacher Roundtable discussion about technology’s role in teaching and learning over the past two weeks.

I’ve enjoyed my own place at the table — but more importantly, I’m jazzed that I’m sitting at the table with a bunch of other real live classroom teachers!  Those are the kind of voices I think we need to hear more of in today’s #edujabber.

I wanted to point you to the two bits that I’ve written for that conversation.  They follow common themes that you’ve seen here on the Radical over the years.  Check ’em out and tell me what you think:

Technology is about Efficiency: One of the mistakes that I think we make in conversations about teaching with technology is believing that there really are NEW magical skills and behaviors that our students need to learn in order to be successful in tommorrow’s world.

In my experience as a learner, the skills that matter — managing information, collaborating, solving problems collaboratively, being persuasive — are no different than the skills that were important when Socrates was getting his seminar on in Greek forums.

The difference — which I tried to detail in this post — is that technology makes it possible to tackle each of those behaviors more efficiently than ever before.

Our Never-Ending Reliance on Digital Resilience: Not sure if you’ve figured it out or not, but I’m a full-time professional pessimist.  My clouds never have silver linings.  There aren’t sunshine and daffodils clouding my rose colored glasses.  In fact, the only glasses I own are half-empty — or shattered on the floor in the corner.

That pessimism comes through in this post — which is a bit of a rant about my impatience with the complete lack of tech tools in today’s classrooms.  I mean it’s 2012, y’all.  Shouldn’t we be able to count on something more than collections of broken desktops and intermittent internet connections?

I’m down with being held accountable Mr. #edpolicyman as long as I’m given a fighting chance to work in a classroom that’s outfitted with the tools necessary to do this work well.  Until then, your grumbling frustrates me.

Hope you get a kick out of them.  And hope you’ll leave me a bit of feedback.  I’m always down for a good bit of pushback.

Rock on,


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