Sunday, January 30, 2011

Some Opening Thoughts

My first post on my first blog. I must admit I feel a little silly about not having a blog until now. I have read and subscribed to many. I have referred others to blogs as well. I have supported blogging among our students. So I figured it was about time.

No promises of great insight or inspiration. Just some thoughts from my corner of the world about education and technology. Some ideas for using technology with students and some comments on meeting students halfway between the generational worlds.

I think about technology and education in the context of an Albert Einstein quote:

"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."

While I believe that education is more an art than a science, most schools are tied to test scores, achievement ratios and other statistical elements that are supposed to show learning. I would ask the following: at what point do we step away from knowing the answers to questions and begin to teach students how to ask questions? This is where the art of education can flourish.

I came across a few days ago. I learned that you can text any question to ChaCha (242242) and get an answer. No smartphone required. Just a simple text. I tested this by asking when the red M&Ms came back. (Yes, I'm old enough to remember when they took them away. I was devastated.) In any case, I got the answer in the matter of a few minutes. I didn't need a computer or wifi access. Just a text.

In a world where services like ChaCha exist, students need to learn how to answer questions that go beyond rote answers. This means that they also then need to learn how to ask questions. ChaCha illustrates this brilliantly because if you don't ask a clear question you get vague answers or at times simply a useless response.

I'm sure I'll have more to say about this in the future. For now though, when did red M&Ms come back?

Thanks for reading and your comments are welcome.

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