Tidy concepts are ideas that are expressed so well you can’t imagine adding to them, modifying them. You are left wondering, “Wow, that was so on target, i can’t say anything except, ‘Preach on, sister!'”
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Of course, nothing is that perfect. I like this kind of writing, especially when in the hands of revolutionaries because it makes it harder for others to oppose them. When ideas and words come together to be so irrefutable, you have to pause and ask, “Where are the seams to this construction of words and concepts?” How can I deconstruct these ideas and what does it mean for me?
This kind of deconstruction makes it possible to have an opinion on ideas that are backed up by the marketing geniuses who are pushing worldviews that find their way into our classrooms. That’s why I liked Shawn McCusker’s blog entry, Macbook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms.
- The choice of a platform should be focused on learning objectives, students’ needs, and community values, filtering out the extraneous factions and marketing battles.
- Selecting the right device for your school has everything to do with learning objectives and the tasks that students will do.
- Ideally, discussions of those objectives as well as the students’ needs should be emphasized over the devices.
- This seasonal view of devices (rather than “device as school identity”) is essential to helping schools move forward, meet their current students’ needs, and keep the curriculum relevant and timely for the future.
- A focus on pedagogy and key technology skills will transfer from one device to another, making the shift easier; a focus on being a device expert, or mastering device specific mechanics, will not.
- If educational technology and 1:1 education are going to thrive, school leaders must be focused on constantly employing the best practices and tools in relation to the most pressing needs of their students.
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