1. Dear John,

    You can appreciate the value of a tool while recognizing its dangers.

    The tool will, however, change you. It just about always does. Part of being human, I'd guess.

  2. It's Babel. It's the Sirens. It's Vishnu turning monstrous.

    It's in so many myths that I am shocked we have missed the lesson entirely. Part of being human is creating tools. Part of being human is allowing our tools to destroy us.

  3. I wish there were more people such as carpenters, painters, and plumbers who blogged. I would be so intrigued to hear their thoughts on technology. Do they struggle through some of the same issues? Do they just embrace anything that makes their jobs easier? Do they have ethical dilemmas? I know that it is an imprecise analogy to education, but I'm fascinated nonetheless.

  4. I'm just passing through the novelty phase and hoping that after a few days of quiet reflection, choosing when to class-blog, voicethread comment and google docs merge will be as obvious to me as turning on my class projector.

    But I see so much applause given to projects that are technologically very busy but...I dont see the point in so much of it.

    Engagement at the time of twiducating is great and all and it can fool us into thinking the core concepts are really getting through. I'm finding that I still have almost the same tiered set of learning curves in my class room.

    My students' Science-literacy and concept development may not have been enhanced by techno-PLNing at all but simply because they are on a learning progression anyway.

    In a recent survey I carried out (anonymous entries), the students loved the technology - but they still think they got just as much out of the teacher-led class discussions.

    I dont know whether to feel flattered or perplexed by the fact that happy engagement in technology did no more for them than my socratic chit-chat.


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