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Friday, November 09, 2012

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I love that Charles Finn joined the author's tea! An inspiring example of the potential of technology to support the work we're doing.

I have a conflicted relationship with technology. As someone who makes a living at technology, it's obviously important in my life. But when it gets in the way of physical play/work or immersive reading (just to name two examples), I turn into a full-on Luddite. I am trying on a couple different perspectives on technology in education: one, that technology serves us when it is a route to something else, not when it is a destination in itself. (Your Skype session is a great example of the former.) Two, that technology serves us when we use it as a mechanical shortcut for something we know how to do, not when it becomes a substitute for learning how to do something. (For example, pen or pencil is great for writing first drafts, and computers are great for revisions.) I don't think I can prove either of these, but they feel good to me.

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